Sally Kern, Oklahoma State Representative, Says She Feared For Her Life After Speaking Out Against Gay Rights
In 2008, when Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern said that "the homosexual agenda is just destroying this nation... it's the biggest threat that our nation has...", she received thousands of outraged emails, many of which she claimed contained death threats.
Since then Kern has continued to share her controversial opinions -- earlier this year she asserted minorities make less money because they don't work as hard as non-minorities and last month she offered this gem:
"You know if you just look at it in practical terms, which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/AIDS? In the last twenty years, fifteen to twenty years, we've had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one's the biggest threat?"
Kern recently stopped by "WallBuilders Live" to chat with hosts David Barton and Rick Green about her new book, "The Stoning Of Sally Kern," and the dangers of speaking out against LGBT rights.
While there Kern claimed she feared for her life during the days that followed her original headline grabbing speech, reports RightWingWatch.org.
Barton sympathized with Kern saying, "If you touch homosexuality, be prepared to pay a price, not just attacks, it's gonna cost you economically, other things as well, may cost your life."
"I have to be honest with you Rick, when I was sitting there in my car that day and when she told me that those emails were coming from homosexuals, honestly, fear gripped by whole body, because I was very aware of the homosexual lobbyists and the power that they have. And people say, 'oh you're so brave, so heroic,' but I'm not, I'm just a sinner saved by grace and I was gripped with fear that day. I just said, 'Lord, what have I done?'"
Green added, "And not just I would think not just fear, not a political fear, physical fear; there’s a militant agenda out there as well," to which Kern replied:
"It entered our mind but honestly, and I mentioned this in the book, the Saturday night when my husband and I sit down and really talked about this and prayed about it, when we asked ourselves the question, are we willing to even lose our lives over this? I can't tell you, Rick, how liberating that was, it really was."
Though Kern said she received death threats after her speech in 2008, she then recanted her claim after The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation waded through the 7,000+ emails and found little evidence to back up her statement.
OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said, "There are a lot of e-mails to the representative that say, 'You ought to die,' rather than, 'I am going to kill you.' I wouldn't characterize them as death threats."