Friday, March 14, 2008

Ellen DeGeneres Calls State Representative Sally Kern

Homophobic Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern was called by Ellen DeGeneres.

Let me give you a brief background on this story first. In a small meeting Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern made some homophobic remarks. She said that homosexuality was the biggest threat, worse "then terrorism or Islam". She also said that gays "want to indoctrinate two year olds", and other very young students.

Apparently Ms. Kern was unaware that her speech was being recorded. It became very popular on YouTube. That is how Ellen DeGeneres found out about it. Ellen, (my hero), played the recording on her show, and decided to call the "misinformed" Sally Kern. I won't spoil the ending for you. You can watch it yourself. I originally saw the first YouTube video on the blog Against the Grain owned by my new blog buddy, the notorious ;o) Patricia Martinez.

The YouTube video "Republican Hate Speech"

Ellen DeGeneres' response to Ms. Kern


Scott said...

AiR—I’m sorry, but I disagree. Maybe the Representative went a little far, but I fully believe the essence of what she was saying. The Bible is VERY clear that homosexuality is a sin. I am confused how you DON’T see it that way if you’ve been to Bible College. Of course I don’t think it is any worse of a sin than anything else that God considers sin. I was a drunk for 6 years; I believe that when I was sinning in that manner, it was just as offensive to God as if I had been gay. Personally, I don’t see why it is a sin, but I am going to go with the Bible on this. It is not MY place to judge, but if the Bible is the inspired Word of God, how can we overlook the passages that say being gay is detestable in the Lord’s eyes?

The Representative is right. Since the mid 1990’s the media has made a huge push to put the gay lifestyle in all television and to say that “most people aren’t gay, but if you are, that’s cool.” I would agree with that, and certainly don’t condone hate crimes, but again, I have to go back to the Bible, which says in black and white that if you are being gay, there IS something wrong with it. Remember the black and white shows like 50 or 60 years ago? I Love Lucy, etc.? In those shows, married couples could not even be depicted as sleeping in the same beds. Straight sex was just private. And gay sex was unheard of on TV—America claimed to read the Bible then. Of course, then TV started getting really racy, and after we got accustomed to wild straight sex on TV, then the media started off slow with the gay relationships and sex. The Representative didn’t say this, but it’s like setting a frog in a pot of cool water and gradually turning up the heat until you boil the thing. If TV had shown some of the pseudo straight or gay porn that you can see on any channel these days back then, the nation would have been outraged. Now, our Bibles collect dust and we just watch the trash on TV. And yes, I am saying that while straight relationships (a man and a woman, married) are what God intended, so much of what is on TV these days is trash, and does corrupt kids. Sad.

I hope I have not offended you. I have a cousin who I love who is a lesbian. She used to read my blog and comment. But I have done a few posts over the year that stated my opinion on the gay lifestyle and she stopped reading me. I am sad, but it is not going to change my interpretation on the Bible. So sorry if this offends, but I am genuinely curious how you can justify your lifestyle with the Bible? You can email me if you don’t want to post a reply on here. And please don’t think I hate you! When I went to AA meetings, I sure didn’t hate any of the people in there! We all just struggled with a type of sin.

Awake In Rochester said...

Hi Scott,

Well you sure got my synapses firing.

I agree that there is too much sex, (and violence) on TV. I don't have cable, but I hear it is even worse there. In the 1950's actors who played a married couple had to have one foot on the ground at all times while in bed. They never showed a pregnant women until "I Love Lucy". That was a ground breaking show in many ways. Unfortunately the pendulum swung to the other extreme. So has the sex, and violence our society. There are too many gay, and straight people who regard sex as more of a sport, or a way of relieving tension; instead of striving for a loving, long term relationship.

I don't know if your cousin has merely stopped reading your blog, or if she is estranged. I hope that you continue to reach out to her in a loving manor. I hope that you two reconcile.

You have a good question concerning homosexuality. It is something that I have wanted to post on, but I am a bit rusty. It has been awhile since I have studied the topic, and I am very weak on links. So I am trying to get my thoughts together, and find some good links on the internet. I have some good books, but you can't see them from Wyoming. ;o) I hope to have an answer for you soon.

Scott said...

Okay, good, I'm glad I didn't offend you. I just imagined this was something that you have thought a lot about since you are a Christian, have been to Bible College, AND are a lesbian. It says in your header that you were confused about it for a while. So that must mean that initially you thought homosexuality was a sin, but then your thinking changed somehow. And I am just curious as to how you justify the lifestyle. I know you aren't alone--there are many gay Christians out there.