A state legislator in Oklahoma has sparked controversy with her insistence that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation and for asserting that gay people are more dangerous than terrorists.
State Rep. Sally Kern sparked outrage after a Jan. 10 speech she made about Christianity and politics began circulating on the Web. During the speech, Kern outlined her belief that the United States was founded to be a Christian nation and said the country is collapsing because we have abandoned those principles.
“What made us great,” said Kern, “is that we were a nation founded on Christian principles. Okay, that’s just the bottom line. If you go to the primary sources and read our Founding Fathers, what they had to say, they gave preferential treatment to Christianity.
“So what’s destroying this nation?” Kern continued. “The fact that we’re leaving the roots upon which we were founded. We are crumbling from within because of the bankruptcy that we have in the moral fiber of this nation and leaving the principles of our Founding Fathers.”
Kern insisted that Christianity should have preference over other faiths.
“You know, we have this dumb idea now days,” she continued, “that tolerance means that everything is equal. Well, everything is not equal. We see that in many areas of our lives. You know, all things are not equal. All religions are not equal.”
Later in the speech, Kern attacked public schools, public libraries and the teaching of evolution. But it was her remarks about gays that attracted the most attention.
Hinting at a conspiracy, Kern said, “You know gays are infiltrating city councils. Did you know, Eureka Springs, anybody been there to the Passion Play? Have you heard that the city council of Eureka Springs is now controlled by gays? OK. There are some others, Pittsburgh, Pa., Takoma [Park], Maryland, Kensington, Md., in Vermont, Oregon, West Palm Beach, Fla., and a lot of other places in Florida.
“You know, it’s not a lifestyle that is good for this nation,” Kern went on. “Matter of fact, studies show no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades. So it’s the death knell for this country. I honestly think it’s the biggest threat even, that our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam, which I think is a big threat, OK.”