Oklahoma Republican Sally Kern takes homophobia to new heights by comparing gay love to terrorism.
Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern has a history of making outrageously inflammatory and hateful comments. The Republican, for example, last April claimed that people of color don’t work hard in school because they think the government will “take care of them.”
“Which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/AIDS?” said Kern in an interview with anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera.
In the last twenty years, fifteen to twenty years, we’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one’s the biggest threat?
Clearly Kern thinks that gays are the only people who get HIV/AIDS, which obviously is not true. And, besides, if she’s going to use that logic, why not take on an even larger health threat, like smoking?
She then goes on to say that in addition to HIV/AIDS deaths, homosexuality is more dangerous than terrorism because people hear about it everyday, as if talking about homosexuality somehow destroys our nation.
“Every day our young people,” said Kern. “They’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day… It’s more dangerous, and yes I think that it’s also more dangerous because it will tear down the moral fiber of this nation.”
Now, I understand that there are homophobic people in the world, and that such people have a skewed vision about homosexuality, but the four-term congresswoman’s anti-gay efforts really go above and beyond. How can someone in their right mind really believe, or even say, that same-sex love is more dangerous than a suicide bomber or a massive terror attack, especially so close to the 9/11 anniversary? And, a bigger question: how can people still vote for her?
Sadly, many republicans hold the same views.