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Twenty OK Legislators Hate The Sinner

Jim Burroway

February 12th, 2009

They love to say, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” But twenty conservative Oklahoma legislators, including our dear Rep. Sally Kern, demonstrated clearly the utter charade behind that platitude.

Scott Jones, pastor of the Cathedral of Hope-Oklahoma City, was asked to deliver the opening prayer for the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday. (The Cathedral of Hope-Oklahoma City was spun off from Dallas’ Cathedral of Home, the world’s largest gay church and a member of the United Church of Christ.) Rev. Jones was invited to give the prayer by Rep. Al McAffrey, who is openly gay. At the close of business on Monday, Rep. McAffery made a routine motion to have Jones’ prayer recorded in the House Journal. A Republican legislator objected, so a roll call was taken:

It was an interesting moment, and rather chaotic. One legislator commented, “We always enter the remarks.” Others wanted to read what I had said, and came over to where I was and read my hard copy and kept saying, “What are they objecting too?” Others came over to apologize. One legislator made a point of order to remind colleagues that if they were in the room, they had to vote, at which some of them fled, as some of the colleagues pointed out.

Twenty legislators, including Rep. Kern voted against recording the prayer. Sixty-seven voted in favor. And get this: as many as seventeen fled the room so they could be counted as absent. The prayer wasn’t controversial as far as I can tell. The only objection I can discern was the fact that the speaker was gay.

Love the prayer, hate the “pray-er”.

[Hat tip: Dallas Voice Blog]



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Sally Kern would make Hitler proud. that’s enough to be on my S— list.

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Living in Oklahoma is a such fun. I tried to think of something witty, but really… Sally Kern makes the state enough of a joke as it is.

L. Junius Brutus
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I’m surprised there were only 20. There are a lot of people who will support anything anti-gay. You should have read Oklahoma message boards after Kern’s remarks that we are worse than terrorists, they overwhelmingly supported her, because they will support anything that is anti-gay – regardless of how reasonable or sane it is.

That’s what we’re up against.

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My apallometer just broke.

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I am shocked and dismayed … and grateful to be Canadian.

David C.
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Yet another example of people and their leaders having completely lost touch with the fundamental tenets of their own religion.

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Apparently patriarchy and heterosexuality have become so fragile in Oklahoma in the past few years that any affirmative dealings with gay people can bring about a catastrophic collapse of these institution(s) in the state. Perhaps we should be kind and not inflict such disaster on these poor people.

All snark aside, in the past couple of months the hardcore American Right has given up all pretense of changing or moderating. It has done a collective retreat to the fortress of Orthodox Right Wing Beliefs, lifted the drawbridge, and now greets any messenger of sense, compromise, or armistice with all the rocks, spears, arrows, and flaming pitch that can be mustered.

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regarding the 20 homophobes in the oklahoma legislature, i can only say
that in my opinion, they’re a bunch
of self-righteous idiots who if their
brains were paper, they wouldn’t have
enuf between them to blow their noses.

that incident made the local paper which up until very recently would
NEVER have printed any article that
had a gay content.

as for sally kern; she is a minister’s
wife and i guess she felt that since
it wasn’t her husband delivering the
prayer, it had nothing to do with her.

she, along with the others are nothing
more than worthless hippocrites that
the local gay community have no love for
now, nor will we probably in the future.

one last thing, regardless of how these
people treat us, there is a very strong
gay community here in oklahoma city and
we’ll probably be here for quite sometime to come.

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one last thing, regardless of how these
people treat us, there is a very strong
gay community here in oklahoma city and
we’ll probably be here for quite sometime to come.

I wish you all the best. Oklahoma may well become Religious Wingnut Central in the next couple of years.

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