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Legislating from the Bible: The red state foundation of government ‘service’

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.

While that reads like a tired bumper sticker, there are still lawmakers in the United States who use this as the very foundation of their government “service.”

Sally Kern

Sally Kern

One such lawmaker is Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern.

Even people who may not be able to find Oklahoma on a map know of Kern and her opposition to anything that resembles equality for LGBTQ Americans. Especially marriage equality.

I recently had the opportunity to debate Sister Sally on a Sunday morning news program. While I knew I had no shot at swaying her Bible-over-the-Constitution-any-day approach to government, I hoped that I might at least appeal to the better judgment of the growing number of Oklahomans — and Americans — who have grown weary of a theocratic approach to dictating who is and who is not afforded life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Without question, the proudly self-proclaimed “reddest of red states” became a little less red and a little more lavender last week.

Before the ink dried on a federal judge’s ruling that Oklahoma’s ban on same-gender marriage is unconstitutional, Gov. Mary Fallin, Congressman James Lankford, Rep. Kern and others were screaming about the “sanctity of marriage,” the “traditional biblical definition of marriage,” and “will of the people.”

All of these arguments have no worth. The sanctity of marriage means very little in Oklahoma, a state whose divorce rate is always among the highest in the country.

As for the Bible’s definition of marriage, there are many from which to choose. But it’s the last one, the will of the people, which is most disturbing.

The misguided belief that the majority has the authority to dictate the rights of any minority is as wrong today as it was when the majority believed interracial marriage should be outlawed.

It is as wrong today as when the majority believed it perfectly acceptable to enslave African men and women for personal gain.

These elected officials and others like them are standing on increasingly unstable ground. And on the wrong side of history. They are crafting a legacy of intolerance, bigotry, and hatred. Thankfully, they are becoming fewer and fewer, as are the people who support them.

I see evidence of this every day. As more and more Oklahomans and Americans come out, the fear and mystery is subsiding.

National support is increasing at a pace we never imagined. And, ultimately, more people are recognizing that the Constitution is the basis of our government, not some carefully chosen passages of the King James Bible.

While the ruling in Oklahoma is significant for everyone in the LGBTQ movement, we can ill afford to rest upon our successes. We must continue to combat ignorance with facts, religion with the Constitution, and wrong with right. And the only way we can do this is by continuing to support each other state-by-state, issue-by-issue.

I am proud of my fellow Oklahomans and every other person in the march toward equality. Not so much for what we have done, but for what we are about to do together.

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  1. these idiots need to be removed its called separation of church and state for a reason we dont need their crazy kind bringing religion in to everything in fact we need to fight back and push religion back where it belongs in to the church

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:08pm
  2. Not safe here, we’re hiding

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:11pm
  3. Another idiot must bite the dust!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:12pm
  4. STUPID OLD BITCH

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:12pm
  5. GET OUTTA THE RING

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:12pm
  6. Um oook

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:14pm
  7. Will people stop using the bible to support their own bigoted values. You hide behind your bible and call your beliefs holy or justified in some divine way but all you’re doing is fighting against love and freewill which are supposedly two of the most sacred gifts God gave to his creations. Wake up people this is 2014 not 1420!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:15pm
  8. The Republican tactic of attacking & gutting our education system is paying off for them – people no longer know the difference between a democracy and a theocracy. And people are stupid enough to keep voting for idiots like this lady.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:15pm
  9. It seems like every time you think you seen the last Dum Ass another one pops up.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:17pm
  10. Hag

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:18pm
  11. I hope that I’m living when the world has one big bonfire. Burn all the Bibles, Koran, and all the other man made book of lies. Religion the worlds oldest and biggest scam ever thought up by the human brain.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:23pm
  12. No point. There will always be some humans who need to believe in a god. These religions will simply be replaced with others, just as evil and intolerant.

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:18am
  13. So these bigoted women that believe in the Bible should quit their jobs, stop wearing make up, stop cutting their hair, remove their pierced earrings and never put them in again, and go home and submit to their husbands. Oh, wait, since they’re taking the Bible out of context, they don’t have to do those things. Convenient!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:23pm
  14. These fools want a theocracy so that they can put their hatred into action against anybody who’s different.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:24pm
  15. This hurts my heart. The teacher they claim to follow would not have wanted this to occur. He specifically spoke out against it. *sigh*

    Please don’t judge us all by their actions.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:26pm
  16. God Damn Christian Taliban move to Iran.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:30pm
  17. We DO NOT want a theocracy or anything as for dominonism…….

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:30pm
  18. TAX the churches!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:31pm
  19. she might as well quote from the Quran,same holy crap..

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:34pm
  20. Wow Scott Hamilton tells it like it is : )

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:35pm
  21. Separation of church & state is there to stop screwed up religious beliefs.. Is this woman going to stop wearing makeup, cover her hair as stated in her Bible. Is she quitting her job & letting her husband rape her any time he wants? She’s picking the parts to suit her delusions.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:41pm
  22. uphold the sanctity of marriage. Therefore homo & hetero couples can marry otherwise abolish divorce.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:48pm
  23. Keep religion out of politics and government.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:51pm
  24. Sally Kern anagram = Yells Rank. Yup…that’s about right.

    Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11:52pm
  25. Fuck the bible, blast that bitch

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:01am
  26. If she can’t separate church and state she needs to be ousted.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:05am
  27. Ecumenical council – If you believe the bible literally word for word look up ecumenical council. There has been dozens of these. If you still believe the bibles words literally word for word after that. Then God help you because you are blinded.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:05am
  28. She looks so tired. Really really tired, like everything she says is just going to make you tired.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:07am
  29. This woman is vile!! You govern with the constitution

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:10am
  30. This bitch should be buried alive!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:13am
  31. This country did not exist when the bible was written. And our constitution was written to keep her servicing of her bible out of our country’s business.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:23am
  32. I’m sick of fundamentalist christians thinking that theirs is the only belief. And that their politics should be dictated by outdated guidelines. Thousands of years ago, we needed a large family to help us farm and herd livestock, not any more. Now, we don’t need eighteen kids. Back then, we didn’t have aids so we have more reasons than unwanted pregnancy to wear a condom. We also know about food born pathogens, so we don’t have to tell people that god doesn’t want us to eat pork or oysters so we don’t get sick. Also, I don’t need the threat of eternal damnation to keep me from committing theft or murder. Only idiots think religion is necessary in order to have morals and values. People like this gash certainly don’t live by the dogma she spews at others because it’s easy to live by the ten commandments when you don’t have to compromise yourself to obtain your basic human needs. I’ll bet she wouldn’t mind stepping over a commandment or two if she had five kids and no food to feed them.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:31am
  33. For this very reason, our Founders specifically stated that there would be a separation of Church and State. If you cannot separate the two- you should not be in a position of authority. You are elected to represent ALL of the people, not just SOME….

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:32am
  34. Every One Should Live There Life As They Please No One Should Be Jugging Any One You Are Not God So Mine Your Own business And Take Your Book With You ……..

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:32am
  35. Separation of church and state

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:33am
  36. Tyler Walker. They need to make a law for any politician who doesn’t observe the separation of church and state, and uses their religion to base laws on to be impeached immediately!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:39am
  37. YES. I hate that church has anything to do with the state when the church is based ENTIRELY on ones belief with absolutely no evidence whatsoever

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:43am
  38. American Protestants, go figure.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:48am
  39. Again Scott, well done. PLEASE keep up our fight..

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12:58am
  40. Again why I fucking hate religion. The bible also says women should keep their fucking traps shut you cunt

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:01am
  41. Timothy 2:12

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:10am
  42. let me tell you something …i have lived in Oklahoma and I know alot of gays and lesbians there..OKLAHOMA you have no room to be preaching the bible…a state where there is divorce, adultery, fornication around every corner…looks like you want to preach the bible but didnt read it…do we remember when Jesus overturned the money table? GODS THINGS TO GOD AND CESEAR THINGS TO CESEAR…daniel your right seperation of church and state

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:18am
  43. Hey lady learn how to leave religion and the bible at home or church because I don’t care what you say and I do care about equal rights for everyone.I just don’t like it when people like you think you know everything or you think people have to be just like you well guess what their not and people will continue to be who they are wether you like or not

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:22am
  44. and again so much for separation of church and state, and intelligence and Republicans

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:28am
  45. The nonthinkers. Idiots. Cult followers. Lazy asses.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:36am
  46. Um excuse me?? Separation Of Church and State..is that really so hard to understand. Being an atheist I struggle with supporting any of them – 90% wether Democrat or Republican.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:41am
  47. Send them my way. I’ll send them to God really fast.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:04am
  48. 1 Timothy 2:12

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:34am
  49. This would not be a problem if stupid people would put as much attention to studying this civics class as they do their bible class.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:53am
  50. This lady is disgusting! She brings shame to both her state as well as her party. She is not a representative of the state of Oklahoma , nor is she representative of the Republican Party. She is a fanatical bigot. I can attest to this being that I live in Oklahoma, I am a Republican, and I am gay!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:03am
  51. If you believe this, then it gives me hope. All of the Republicans in my life (family and friends) have views similar to this lady. I personally only know of one Republican (and two Christians - but don't know if they're Republicans) who is not anti-gay.

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:24am
  52. I do know some Republicans who are like Rep Kerns, but I also know some bigoted Democrats. It is strange, but almost every guy that I have dated has been a Republican! I am a Republican for the same reason that many of my gay friends are, which is almost exclusively because of the Republican stance on the free market economy.

    Replied on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:58pm
  53. Reap what you sow!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:06am
  54. Yeah fuck this.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:13am
  55. Bet those people still eat pork…pork is banned according to the bible

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:19am
  56. The bible is a fake book

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:19am
  57. She’s possessed by SATIN.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:32am
  58. Crap

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:51am
  59. The bible has been interpreted and rewritten many times to appease those who want to twist it the way they want it.
    Here’s my bible in just twelve words:
    If you think you are superior to all others then piss off.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:00am
  60. So much for separation of church and state! Stop cherry picking the bible for your evil agenda!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:25am
  61. I don’t care about the bibles definition of marriage for a fact the bible has many definitions of marriage. The bible is a collection of ancient books written by men during primitive times who have now been long dead for thousands of years. Thomas Jefferson once said that the dead should not rule the living.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:28am
  62. The Bible is a collection of nasty fairy tales that bigots pick & choose from to fit their hate filled agendas !!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:43am
  63. the bible says he should have many wives too…

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 6:57am
  64. These bible belters should be embarrassed to be so gullible and ignorant…believing a book that was written by men…that has been the most forged document in history….get a life, get your own thoughts….a bunch of sheep!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:04am
  65. Religion is stupid and people who live their lives by it are just as stupid.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:11am
  66. try science…it preceeds the bible…gays were here before christ!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:40am
  67. Excellent, Scott J. Hamilton! As usual, you hit the nail on the head!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:50am
  68. Why do all these people look so miserable and wretched, I have never seen a single one of them lit up from the “joy” of their beliefs. More than that why do they think they must impose their beliefs on other people? Those days are gone. If you do not believe in gay marriage, then do not enter into one :)

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:28am
  69. American Republicans are the direct descendants of cavemen, through their peculiar policy of “conservative” IN-BREEDING!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:12am
  70. want to read my bible.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:33am
  71. Separation of Fucking State & Religion God Damn it! Fucking Republicans can’t come up with anything better than throwing the damn bible around. FUCK OFF CUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:48am
  72. The fundamental issue here is (SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE ). No-one’s bible has any right to interfere with the CONSTITUTION!

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:22pm
  73. My god does not do ugly or hate or ignorance

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:34pm
  74. It is interesting that, Utah, shares the very exact same point of view as, Oklahoma, even though they were at one time espousing polygamy.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 2:37pm
  75. Every comment here has to be matched with calls., e-mails and letters to all government reps, federal and state demanding an immediate stop to ALL religious based assaults on the rights of Americans! Demand all churches and other religious organizations loose their tax exempt status and be regulated like other PACS and special interest groups.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 3:09pm
  76. the bible is nothing but a book written by men. organized religion is dangerous

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 4:13pm