The practice of sifting through the comments of blogs, email threads, discussion groups and other user generated content in an attempt find choice quotes proving that the advocates for or against a particular political opinion are unreasonable, uninformed extremists.
Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern (R) first became infamous on the national stage when she said that blacks “don’t work as hard” as white people. The Oklahoma House finally reprimanded her for those statements, but Kern has yet to answer for a number of derogatory remarks she’s made about gay men and women.
Now, ahead of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, Kern is doubling down on her claim that homosexuality poses a greater threat to America than terrorist attacks. In 2008, Kern said homosexuality is “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” and called it a cancer that is “spreading” across America and “will destroy our young people.”
Now Right Wing Watch reports that a few days ago, she spoke with Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality to promote her new book, The Stoning of Sally Kern. She repeated her claim that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorist attacks because unlike terrorism, we have to deal with it every day.
I’m not going to defend Ms. Kern. There is no defense for that kind of bigotry.
But across the fifty-seven states there are over a thousand state legislators. Some are Democrats, some are Republicans. There are also thousands of party officials from both parties. Out of those numbers it is inevitable that some will be bigots, kooks, hypocrites, perverts, morons and/or crooks.
Occasionally some Democrat gets caught with his hand in the nookie jar. What does that prove about Democrats?
Nothing, except that they are human.
What Ms. Kern said tells us a lot about Ms. Kern, but it doesn’t tell us anything about Republicans.
Except that they are human.