Whoa Sally

Meet Sally Kern. She’s a Republican Rep. in Oklahoma. She, along with Liz Lemery Joy, (whom I dealt with HERE), thinks that being gay is a choice. Both are apparently taking tips from the same book of hate. Ms. Kern, however, has a history of it. Not content to attack gay people, she has also made racist remarks, and ignorant comments about women. As always, an injustice against one person is an injustice against all. Here is one of her statements:

“We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”

She was no more kind towards women, whom she believed earned less money at their jobs because they “tend to think more about their family, wanting to stay at home more, wanting to be with their family, have more leisure time.”

Hello hateful racial and gender stereotypes. As for her views on homosexuality being a choice, she had more despicable words: “They are not born that way. God would not call something an abomination and make someone where they had no choice. They have the opportunity, they have the power to say no to that lifestyle… None of us gets to choose the temptations we deal with. We are all tempted. We are all sinners. We can all say no to destructive temptations.”

How does my being gay translate into something destructive? And if it is indeed against what God wants, He will deal with me when I meet Him. It has no effect on you, Ms. Kern. If we were all bound to the sins of others, we would all be going to Hell no matter how you spin it.

This is the main point that the Bible-believers miss: you cannot single out one portion of the Bible and use that so literally, while ignoring all the others. And to attribute the portended downfall of civilization to gay people – instead of, let’s say, religious zealots who murder anyone opposed to their beliefs – is absurd. The fact that you’re singling out homosexuals makes it an act of homophobia, in the same way that singling out blacks as lazy is racist.

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