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Sally Kerns Exaggerates Death Threats

Jim Burroway

March 13th, 2008

Oklahoma state rep. Sally Kern’s homophobic rant earned her several thousand emails and phone calls, most of which I’m sure aren’t very civil. Tuesday, Kern alluded to some of them containing death threats, prompting an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations. What did they find?

[OSBI spokeswoman Jessica] Brown said Tuesday, “There are a lot of e-mails to the representative that say, ‘You ought to die,’ rather than, ‘I am going to kill you.’

“I wouldn’t characterize them as death threats,” she said.

A LaBarbera Award winner exaggerating? Who’da thunk?

Update: Never mind what law enforcement officials say. Our friends from Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink are undeterred. It’s like they just can’t help it.

See also:
Sally Kern Is a Little Confused
Sally Kern’s Economic Fallout
Sally Kern’s Meeting with PFLAG on Tape
Exodus’ Local Ministry Aligns with Sally Kern
Certified Cameronite: Sally Kern
Kern Speaks to College Republicans
Sally Kern: Out of Context? The Complete Transcript
We Be Jammin’
Muslims and Gays United
OK State Rep. Sally Kern’s Son is “Straight and Not Gay”
Sally Kern Exaggerates Death Threats
A Letter to Sally Kern
LaBarbera Award: Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern

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Heather Haney
March 13th, 2008 | LINK

Please sign the petition to get Sally Kern out of Office. Forward to all your friends, post on your blogs!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/request-to-terminate-sally-kerns-position-house-of-representatives

Truth Wins Out
March 13th, 2008 | LINK

[...] joins others who greatly exaggerate claims that Kern has received death threats (which, while objectionable, are beside the point). [...]

“replace the lies with truth” » Blog Archive » Active Christian Media Reprints Lies Regarding Death Threats, but why?
March 13th, 2008 | LINK

[...] reported yesterday that the talk and rumors of death threats to the Oklahoma Elected official were exaggerated. The Tulsa World, an Oklahoma newspaper reported yesterday, along with the Oklahoman who also [...]

a. mcewen
March 13th, 2008 | LINK

Here is the part of the Focus on the Family piece that gets me:

“Besides, if I had a cup of water for every time some journalist, pundit or elected official compared evangelical conservatives to the Taliban, I could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

Well when you say that gays are trying to harm two-year-olds and don’t provide any proof of your charges, are we supposed to congratulate you? Give you an award?

I suppose that’s the game plan they are going to take. Never mind about her comments, just the lie that she received death threats.

We can probably expect a piece in One News Now any day now.

Emproph
March 14th, 2008 | LINK

Sally Kern on “militant homosexual activists”:

biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.

Gary Schneeberger, vice president for media relations at Focus on the Family Action, on the approval of Kern’s statement’s:

Besides, if I had a cup of water for every time some journalist, pundit or elected official compared evangelical conservatives to the Taliban, I could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

They’re worse than homosexual activists I tell ya. Worse!

Willie Hewes
March 14th, 2008 | LINK

‘What is truly outrageous is that a Christian elected official can be vilified over simply speaking about the Bible’s view of homosexuality.’

OK, seriously, where in the Bible says it that homosexuals are worse than terrorists, that they are after our children, or that societies that embrace homosexuality are to be wiped out in, you know, a couple decades?

Chapter and verse, please.

XGW Digest: March 14, 2008 | Ex-Gay Watch
March 14th, 2008 | LINK

[...] gays/terrorists comparisons as “quibbling”; Kern claim to have received death threats unsubstantiated; thankfully, Kern doesn’t represent all Oklahoma [...]

Rob
March 18th, 2008 | LINK

I find it amazing that within Sally’s speech she blasted the so-called “Gay Agenda”, but as yet, no one has called her to task on HER radical agenda. To help clarify things, I give you Sally Kern’s Agenda (satire)
7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Hate gays
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – break (read another chapter of Mein Kampf)
10:45 a. m. – 12:30 p.m. – Hate Muslims
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Visit Mr Serge’s House of Hair. (thank God he knows his place, and isn’t one of those “uppity dandy’s”)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Generalized hate
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Break (browse through “Gay Conspiracy Theory Monthly”)
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Introduce bill to rename Oklahoma “Jesusland”
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Find some children. Poison minds.
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Hate anyone who isn’t exactly like ME
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Book “Sally Kerns’ Hate-o-Rama” speaking tour.
5:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. – Send love note to Rev. Fred Phelps (he’s just dreamy)
5:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Hate Muslims and Gays evening gathering.
11:00 p.m. -11:15 p.m. – Thank MY Jesus (not that pansy “Love everybody” Jesus, but the “hate everybody who isn’t like ME” Jesus) for another productive and fulfilling day.

Stefano
March 19th, 2008 | LINK

This story of Sally Kern simply becomes more bizarre by the day.

From Tulsa World

… Kern’s assistant said the lawmaker had “left for the day because she did not have any committee meetings.”

Kern said later that she would be willing to meet next week with two or three people representing the gay and lesbian community.

“I’d have no problem meeting with them next week when I have my lawyer,” she said. Kern said she is working with a lawyer from the Thomas More Law Center based in Ann Arbor, Mich. The law center described as a conservative Christian center has offices throughout the country.

[Emphasis mine]

Now the Thomas More Law Center has issued a news release asserting that Kern was secretly taped. First, Kern is an elected official. Second, Kern herself has said this was a public event. The spin of the Thomas More Law Center to paint Kern as a beseiged Christian being persecuted and other distorted lunacies trul is breathtaking. (But in reality, nothing new from them we haven’t all heard before.)

http://www.thomasmore.org/qry/page.taf?id=63

Stefano
March 19th, 2008 | LINK

And why the h*** does she need legal representation for in order to meet with “two or three people representing the gay and lesbian community”????

Sally Kern: More Exodus Connections and Divine Appointment | Ex-Gay Watch
April 20th, 2008 | LINK

[...] And even though local investigators determined that none of the “death threats” were really threats, this is used by Black to again compare the outrage of gay people to terrorism. In order to [...]

Reality Check - Defending the Truth
December 23rd, 2008 | LINK

[...] probe by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. (After pouring over 26,000 emails, OSBI found not one threat.) Now Sally Kern’s husband, a Baptist minister, is saying that gays should be forced into [...]

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