‘Stoning’ Sally

Kern’s new book “The Stoning of Sally Kern: The Liberal Attack on Christian Conservatism — and Why We Must Take a Stand” is scheduled for release July 5 by FrontLine, an arm of Charisma Media.

Kern declined to be interviewed by Oklahoma Gazette, which obtained a copy of the book from the publisher.

Kern, a Republican who has represented House District 84 in Oklahoma City since 2005, was thrust into the national spotlight in 2008 after statements she made to a conservative group were secretly recorded and put on the Internet.

In the speech, which provoked backlash nationwide, Kern said, “Studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than … a few decades,” and she called homosexuality “the biggest threat even that our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.”

While Kern did not back down from those statements, she apologized for more recent remarks she made from the House floor last April that were perceived by some as offensive to minorities and women. The timeframe in the book extends only to early 2011, leaving the latter comments unaddressed.

‘THE LIBERAL ATTACK’

While the title of Kern’s upcoming book may seem hyperbolic, Kern wrote that she was verbally stoned by bloggers, activists, the media and those attempting to achieve their own political objectives.

The majority of Kern’s book focused on the controversial 2008 statements — printed in their entirety — and the firestorm that followed. Some of the more offensive emails she received are published, and Kern addressed some of the rumors spread about her and her family during that time.

Kern wrote that the story is not just about her, but “anyone who still believes in the truth of God’s Word. There is still a war going on for the soul of this nation, and the liberal attack on conservative Christian values is relentless.”

The point of the book, besides describing her take on the incident and explaining what she said is the effort to undermine the moral foundation of the country, was to inspire the reader to take a stand and to serve as “an alarm to alert us of impending danger for America. We can’t just go about our everyday activities as if there were no stealthy schemes of attack unfolding against America’s Christian foundations. The kind of future our children will inherit depends on it.”

Kern stated that there is a war for the soul of the nation, and likened the impending surprise to the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“This is why the experience I’m going through is not just about me,” Kern wrote. “It’s about something much bigger and more important than me or even you.”

Kern devoted a small amount of text to her life before public office. Kern wrote of how she first met her husband, the Rev. Steve Kern, and his important role in her life, and how she became a teacher and eventually ran for office.

Encouraged by her husband, emboldened by a talk she gave to her government class, and armed with the feeling that her candidacy was God’s will, Kern wrote that she did not initially think she would win the election for state representative, nor was she too excited about the prospect of winning.

“I didn’t want to win,” Kern wrote.

“I wasn’t running to win. I was running to be obedient. I honestly thought that I would run and lose and be a much better government teacher for having had the experience of running. Looking back on this now, I can see God’s wisdom through all of this.”

But after making it to a runoff election during the primary, Kern wrote that she was motivated to win, which she did with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

BLOWBACK

Kern wrote that the controversial speech in 2008 was rushed, that she could have done a better job in making her points, and some of the comments were poorly worded, but she could not, in good conscience recant her statements.

The speech was a variation on one she had given previously, Kern wrote, and she made it after attending a 2007 presentation at the Pro-family Legislators Conference about “a group of very wealthy homosexual activists who had stealthily targeted 70 conservative political officials across the nation.”

In regard to the most controversial comments broadcasted online, Kern wrote that she meant to say “generations” rather than “decades,” in terms of the shortened lifespan of societies that fully embrace homosexuality; she also meant to say “radical Islam,” rather than imply all of Islam was a threat.

Kern wrote that she was not taking a stand against individuals, but against “the forces that would seek to undermine the truth of God’s Word.”

Kern wrote that she is not a “homophobe,” but rather is against a larger agenda to make homosexuality mainstream.

“I’ve certainly grown weary of being called a ‘homophobe,’” Kern wrote. “The truth is, I don’t hate or fear homosexuals, or anyone else for that matter. Disagreeing with someone does not mean you hate him. I was not brought up to hate people.”

However, Kern said some groups have organized a campaign to normalize homosexuality and other behaviors. She gave an example of discussions open to young children about such practices as “‘fisting,’ the act of forcing one’s entire hand into another person’s rectum or vagina. Rather than decry the activity, the panelists said that ‘it gets a bad rap,’ and it was about ‘intimacy’ and ‘exploration,’” Kern wrote.

Admitting some may perceive it to be odd, Kern dedicated the book to the homosexual community troubled by her words: “Had you not been offended, this book would not have been written,” she wrote.

After her 2008 speech went viral on the Internet and was picked up by the national media, she began getting thousands of emails, some supportive, but most were angry, Kern wrote, and the volume was enough to almost crash the Capitol’s servers. Some people even signed her up to receive e-newsletters from gay advocacy organizations, porn websites, as well as gay porn magazines in the mail, she wrote.

“It’s painful to be accused of hate when you know there is no hate in your heart,” Kern wrote. “It’s discouraging to have your words twisted and exploited in the ears of the entire nation. And it is maddening to have a grotesque caricature of yourself paraded around as genuine by thousands of people who don’t know the first thing about you.”

But the most hurtful comments, Kern wrote, were the ones targeting her family.

Rumors
spread that her eldest son was gay; that he had at one time been
arrested for sodomy; that she had “disowned” him; and that her husband
had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. None of it was true, Kern wrote.

Kern
said the intense outrage toward her was part of a bigger clash between
two worldviews — secular humanism and biblical Christianity — and
although the onslaught was intense, Kern stated that she does not hate
those who took part, but prays for them instead.

Kern
wrote that following protests against her, the Reclaiming Oklahoma for
Christ group held a “Rally for Sally” at the Capitol that drew an
overflowing crowd of supporters and helped encourage her and lift her
spirits.

“I felt like God my Father
had reached down and hugged His child that day,” Kern wrote. “God used
that rally to humble me, but also to encourage and embolden me anew.”

KERN-SERVATIVE

In
a world cast in terms of right and wrong, good and evil, absolute truth
and radical secretive agendas designed to fundamentally alter the
country, the stakes are too high to back away from faith and not stand
up for one’s beliefs, Kern wrote.

“Terrorists
seek to do damage to our nation and to its people,” Kern wrote. “Yet
we, the American people, are bringing the wholesale destruction of our
nation upon ourselves as we wholeheartedly embrace homosexuality, a
lifestyle proven to be dangerous and deadly. We are currently very
vigilant against the terrorist threats against us. We seem oblivious to
this more pervasive inner decay.”

Kern urged voters to become active and educated on how the government operates, who controls it and what they stand for.

“The cultural war is at a feverish pitch, and most people don’t even know it’s going on,” Kern wrote.

The
book, at its heart, Kern wrote, is an attempt to explain why she did
not apologize for what she called the truth of God’s word.

“Christian
conservatives need to make no apologies for the values and principles
we stand for,” Kern wrote. “Why? Because they work! They bring the most
benefits and blessings to the nation that embraces them. Abandoning
these principles is one of the many threats to preserving freedom for
the future of our great nation.”

Read Scott Jones’ commentary, ‘A Response to “Stoning of Sally Kern.”‘

Clifton Adcock

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