Monday, March 17, 2008

Partners in Poppycock

The Atlantic Ocean separates them, but to me they'll always be the twaddle twins.

That's because these two prominent figures delivered relentlessly anti-gay speeches that hit the news the same week in March. They share a bond of blather.

No doubt Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern, a Republican from Oklahoma City, felt she was in friendly territory when she spoke to some 50 people at an Oklahoma county Republican club. She offered her listeners a tasty homophobic rant.

Kern said that "the homosexual agenda is destroying this nation" and homosexuality is "the biggest threat even, that our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam."

That's a mighty ambitious goal she's setting us. I don't think I have the stamina to destroy the nation or outdo terrorists. Not without a serious fitness program, anyway.

The legislator bemoaned the growing number of gay politicians. Kern, a former teacher who sits on the education committee, also fretted over gays influencing school policy.

"You know why they're trying to get early childhood education?" she asked. "They want to get our young children into the government schools so they can indoctrinate them . . . They're going after our young children, as young as two years of age, to try to teach them that the homosexual lifestyle is an acceptable lifestyle."

Sound the alarm! Man the barricades! Praise the lord and pass the rhetoric!

This gentlewoman and scholar declared as well, "Matter of fact, studies show, that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than a few decades."

You might have the idea at this point that Kern isn't fond of gay people. Perish the thought, for she also said in her speech, "I'm not gay-bashing." Of course, she did follow that statement with, "But according to God's word that is not the right kind of lifestyle."

And if she doesn't consider her statements gay-bashing, what can she possibly consider them? Sweet nothings?

Someone in attendance at the event—not gay, but a friend of the community—recorded Kern's speech, and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund posted the diatribe on YouTube, which is how Kern has become nationally infamous. Her speech has been viewed more often than a Madonna video.

She's infuriated gobs of people, but hasn't apologized. She told the Tulsa World her comments were edited, taken out of context, and concerned wealthy gays supporting gay candidates. "I was talking about an agenda. I was not talking about individuals," Kern said. "I have never said hate speech against anybody. I would never do that."

Nope, never never never ever ever ever.

Over in Scotland, a Catholic bishop also recently expressed gigantic fears about gay political maneuverings.

"The homosexual lobby has been extremely effective in aligning itself with minority groups," said the Right Rev. Joseph Devine during a speech in Glasgow. "It is ever-present at the service each year for the Holocaust memorial, as if to create for themselves the image of a group of people under persecution."

AS IF? What kind of incense has been wafting around this man during mass? Gays were Holocaust victims; we continue to be blatantly persecuted the world over.

The bishop said to his audience at St. Aloysius' College, "I take it you're beginning to see that there is a huge and well-orchestrated conspiracy taking place, which the Catholic community missed."

That the queen honored Sir Ian McKellen sticks in his cassock. "In this New Year's honors list, I saw actor Ian McKellen being honored for his work on behalf of homosexuals, when a century ago Oscar Wilde was locked up and put in jail."

The good old days, eh Bishop Devine?

He ended his lecture by promising "to pick a fight." Mission accomplished.