Update on the Dumbassery of Sally Kern

Damn. Teh Gheis have taken Hawaii.

So everyone loved Athenae’spost about Sally Kern. Rightly so, and it’s good to call out people who say monumentally stupid things like “gays are more dangerous than terrorists.”

In a similar vein, the son of a woman who was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing wrote that execrable Republican a letter (fromPam’s House Blend).

Rep Kern:

On April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City a terrorist detonated a bomb
that killed my mother and 167 others. 19 children died that day. Had I
not had the chicken pox that day, the body count would’ve likely have
included one more. Over 800 other Oklahomans were injured that day and
many of those still suffer through their permanent wounds.

That terrorist was neither a homosexual or was he involved in
Islam. He was an extremist Christian forcing his views through a body
count. He held his beliefs and made those who didn’t live up to them
pay with their lives.

As you were not a resident of Oklahoma on that day, it could be
explained why you so carelessly chose words saying that the homosexual
agenda is worst than terrorism. I can most certainly tell you through
my own experience that is not true. I am sure there are many people in
your voting district that laid a loved one to death after the terrorist
attack on Oklahoma City. I kind of doubt you’ll find one of them that
will agree with you.

I was five years old when my mother died. I remember what a
beautiful, wise, and remarkable woman she was. I miss her. Your harsh
words and misguided beliefs brought me to tears, because you told me
that my mother’s killer was a better person than a group of people that
are seeking safety and tolerance for themselves.

As someone left motherless and victimized by terrorists, I say to you very clearly you are absolutely wrong.

You represent a district in Oklahoma City and you very coldly
express a lack of love, sympathy or understanding for what they’ve been
through. Can I ask if you might have chosen wiser words were you a real
Oklahoman that was here to share the suffering with Oklahoma City?
Might your heart be a bit less cold had you been around to see the
small bodies of children being pulled out of rubble and carried away by
weeping firemen?

I’ve spent 12 years in Oklahoma public schools and never once
have I had anyone try to force a gay agenda on me. I have seen,
however, many gay students beat up and there’s never a day in school
that has went by when I haven’t heard the word **** slung at someone.
I’ve been called gay slurs many times and they hurt and I am not even
gay so I can just imagine how a real gay person feels. You were a
school teacher and you have seen those things too. How could you care
so little about the suffering of some of your students?

Let me tell you the result of your words in my school. Every
openly gay and suspected gay in the school were having to walk together
Monday for protection. They looked scared. They’ve already experienced
enough hate and now your words gave other students even more motivation
to sneer at them and call them names. Afterall, you are a teacher and a
lawmaker, many young people have taken your words to heart. That
happens when you assume a role of responsibility in your community. I
seriously think before this week ends that some kids here will be going
home bruised and bloody because of what you said.

I wish you could’ve met my mom. Maybe she could’ve guided you in how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.

I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if
there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and
tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be here to
watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she won’t be there.
So I’ll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma to go to college
elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no intentions to ever
return here. I have no doubt that people like you will incite crazy
people to build more bombs and kill more people again. I don’t want to
be here for that. I just can’t go through that again.

You may just see me as a kid, but let me try to teach you
something. The old saying is sticks and stones will break your bones,
but words will never hurt you. Well, your words hurt me. Your words
disrespected the memory of my mom. Your words can cause others to pick
up sticks and stones and hurt others.



I believe the phrase is “you got pwned,” Sally Kern.

15 thoughts on “Update on the Dumbassery of Sally Kern

  1. I don’t know, but I was severely disappointed not to hear some. I’m glad you fixed the problem in comments.

  2. The paragraph that starts “Let me tell you the result of your words in my school…” should be required reading for people who oppose hate-crimes laws because they say they’re “thought crimes” and not because a bias crime takes motivation and larger impact into account.

  3. That is a great letter, and I was astounded to note that the writer was 18 years old. If nothing else, this is extremely encouraging in that it demonstrates that some percentage of our youth is so able to reason that they can reject the hatred taught by Republicans and far too many “Christians”.

  4. Sigh. I feel worse and better at the same time. Worse, because somebody like Sally Kern is in a position of any authority in our society. Better because somebody like Tucker exists.
    I wish I could be sure that there are more Tuckers than Sally Kerns in the world.

  5. wait. that stupid woman is FROMN OKLAHOMA????
    how fucking hate filled do you have to be?
    and we should worry about the taliban? maybe we need to start chopping gays heads off to make her happy.

  6. Way to Go Steve Rider !
    BTW – I don’t understand “pwned” but I think I probably agree with what you Jude meant.

  7. I live in Oklahoma too. There were rumors this week that Sally Kern’s son is gay, but he has denied it in the newspapers here. He is, however, some kind of wacko cultist who has vowed to remain celibate as part of his religion. Whatever, I guess. Wouldn’t want her to be my mommy dearest, anyway.

  8. Steve Rider – that is AWESOME!!! Though I am straight, I support the Homosexual Agenda! I have seen “The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” in person at the 2004 “Hunky Jesus” contest in the Castro – it was phenomenal!
    Goddess blessings! 😉

  9. I was saddened because Tucker lost his mother but heartened that he has grown up understanding so much about the nature of threats to society. He is wise beyond his years, although that knowledge came with such personal loss. I wish him the best in life.
    As to what he told Kern… yup, he pwned her. I hope this letter gets wide coverage and distribution.

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