Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern: The Economic Crisis Was Caused By American Immorality June 30, 2009

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern: The Economic Crisis Was Caused By American Immorality

Oklahoma state legislator Sally Kern is back in the news. (She’s the lovely lady who said gays are a bigger threat in America than terrorists a little while back.)

So how much nuttier can she get?

She is now saying that our country’s problems are due to Obama not being religious enough, the godless heathens and their pornography, and (of course) those sodomizing gays. The economic crisis, for example, is just a product of our immoral nature.

Here’s the full proclamation, which will be signed in July:


We the People of Oklahoma, Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessing of Liberty; to secure just and rightful Government; to promote our mutual Welfare and Happiness, do establish this proclamation and call upon the people of the great State of Oklahoma, and our fellow Patriots in these United States of America who look to the Lord for guidance, to acknowledge the need for a national awakening of righteousness in our land.

WHEREAS, “It is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand” (John Adams); and

WHEREAS, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by Religion and Morality” (John Adams); and

WHEREAS, “Our Constitution was made only for a Moral and Religious people” (John Adams); and

WHEREAS, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government… but upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God” (James Madison); and

WHEREAS, “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God (Benjamin Franklin); and

WHEREAS, “God who gave us life gave us liberty and can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God” (Thomas Jefferson); and

WHEREAS, “Whether any free government can be permanent, where the public worship of God, and the support of Religion, constitute no part of the policy or duty of the state” (Joseph Story); and

WHEREAS, “We hold sacred the rights of conscience, and promise to the people…the free and undisturbed exercise of their religion” (Roger Sherman); and

WHEREAS, “This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians” (Patrick Henry); and

WHEREAS, “When you… exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed upon your mind that God commands you to choose just men who will rule in the fear of God” (Noah Webster); and

WHEREAS, “The principles of genuine Liberty and of wise laws and administrations are to be drawn from the Bible” (Noah Webster); and

WHEREAS, the people of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon the Creator of the Universe; and thought secure when we have removed

WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis; and

WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery; and

WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and

WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of Prayer; and

WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to an immoral behavior;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we the undersigned elected officials of the people of Oklahoma, religious leaders and citizens of the State of Oklahoma, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world, solemnly declare that the HOPE of the great State of Oklahoma and of these United States, rests upon the Principles of Religion and Morality as put forth in the HOLY BIBLE; and

BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, believers in the One True God and His only Son, call upon all to join with us in recognizing that “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord,” and humbly implore all who love Truth and Virtue to live above reproach in the sight of God and man with a firm reliance on the leadership and protection of Almighty God; and

BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, humbly call upon Holy God, our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer, to have mercy on this nation, to stay His hand of judgment, and grant a national awakening of righteousness and Christian renewal as we repent of our great sin.

Signed on the second day of July in the year of our Lord Christ Two Thousand and Nine.

The ACLU in Oklahoma made this statement:

“I think it’s very unfortunate, frankly, I haven’t seen scapegoating like this since pre-World War II Germany”, said C.S. Thornton, the Deputy Director of the ACLU Chapter of Oklahoma. “She blames all these things upon a great moral crisis that has in fact caused our national economic downtown, but nowhere in this parade of horribles does mention greedy Wall Street executives or government regulators who were asleep at the switch.”

Oklahoma, you make Texas look enlightened. Which ones of you voted her in…? Remind me to slap you next time we meet.

(via Jonathan Turley — Thanks to Rebecca for the link!)

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  • What a crazy bitch. I don’t even know what else to say.

  • Wow. She’s a piece of work. Quoting Noah Webster? What’s he got to do with anything except the dictionary?

    and that quote by Patrick Henry? According to Snopes.com, that appears nowhere in the writing of Mr. Henry.

    The James Madison quote is also spurious. He was a huge proponent of the separation of church and state. Though he is quoted as saying that “the Constitution of the U.S. forbids everything like an establishment of a national religion. He said this when he challenged the existence of a congressional chaplin

    I bet there’s more. I wonder if this is a hoax. It’s pushing Poe’s Law.

  • Matto the Hun

    I don’t know how such a person can possibly be so stupid and hateful, yet I’m pretty positive she will show us it is possible.

  • JHGRedekop

    At lest two of the WHEREAS quotes are fake, too: see Dispatches from the Culture Wars for details.

  • Mountain Humanist

    Here’s a detailed article about the Madison/Ten Commandments hoax.

    The Ten Commandments Hoax

    In July, 1994, the organization Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) pointed out that Rush Limbaugh had incorrectly attributed to James Madison a quotation concerning the centrality of the Ten Commandments to “American civilization.”(245) Quickly rising to Limbaugh’s defense were several California residents who wrote letters to the Los Angeles Times. One writer prefaced the alleged quotation with the following: “Here (as quoted in The Myth of Separation by David Barton) is precisely what Madison said.”(246) The bogus quote followed: “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far From it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”(247) What the writer, Rick Crowell, did not tell us was that Barton cited as his only sources for those words two twentieth century writers, Harold K. Lane in Liberty! Cry Liberty!, (248)and Frederick Nyneyer in First Principles in Morality and Economics: Neighborly Love and Ricardo’s Law of Association.(249)

    Responding to the public hubbub, editors of The Papers of James Madison, John Stagg and David Mattern, referred all inquirers to a letter dated November 23, 1993, in which Mr. Mattern wrote concerning the alleged quotation: “We did not find anything in our files remotely like the sentiment expressed in the extract you sent us. In addition, the idea is inconsistent with everything we know about Madison’s views on religion and government, views which he expressed time and time again in public and in private.”(250) This expert response has not dampened the ardor of those who privately would have Madison affirm their own distorted version of American history. Crowell accused Mr. Mattem of “revisionism at its worst.”(251) I offer here a reconstruction of the convoluted trek of the words in question.

    In citing David Barton’s The Myth of Separation as the source, Mr. Crowell apparently missed the fact that Barton did not include the words, “of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government.”(252) In a video tape Barton inserts “of all our political institutions” but still omits the “capacity of mankind.”(253) This video version was read into the Congressional Record by Representative Dannemeyer on October 7, 1992.(254)

    Barton’s sources are two, or three, depending upon how you sort out his confusion. Apart from citing the Lane volume of 1939, he offers as his other source Frederick Nyneyer’s First Principles in Morality and Economics; Neighborly Love and Ricardo’s Law of Association. (255) In fact, his source appears to be an article entitled “Neighborly Love and Ricardo ‘s Law of Association”. (256) Far from appearing in a source by Nyneyer, the alleged quote is found in the latter article and drawn “[f]rom the 1958 calendar of Spiritual Mobilization.”(257) Barton’s attempted documentation becomes exponentially more curious. He seems to have no clue as to his sources. When approached about his mythical additions to Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, he deleted the references in a later edition of his tape.(258)

    The connection between the Ten Commandments and James Madison has been variously advanced by numerous commentators from the political right over the past several decades. In 1964, Clarence Manion wrote:

    As Madison stated in the [T]he Federalist, our entire political experiment swings upon our capacity to govern ourselves according to the moral law…. The only people who can afford the great luxury of a civil government strictly limited by law are those people who recognize and are willing to live by their natural, God-imposed obligations and responsibilities under the Ten Commandments.(259)

    There is nothing in The Federalist Papers remotely resembling what is argued by Manion. Madison never mentioned the Ten Commandments in any of The Federalist essays. There are, however, two points to be made. First, Manion, while claiming to cite The Federalist Papers, does not have the temerity to quote Madison. Second, while Manion espouses generally the same sentiment about the Ten Commandments as does the Barton material, the references to the Decalogue are utterly different from the Barton version.

    Proving that a quotation does not exist is a daunting task. If you cannot find it in any extant manuscripts or collections of Madison’s works, just how does one prove it will not turn up in someone’s attic tomorrow? Of course you cannot. That is why the Madison editors were careful in how they phrased their response. But, after all, it is incumbent solely upon the perpetrators of this myth to prove it by at least one citation. This they cannot do. Their style is not revisionism, it is anti-historical.

    We likely have not heard the last of this nonsense, but it is important to press the new media frauds to document what they claim. Because they cannot do so in most instances, time may ultimately discredit the lot of them.

  • Delphine

    It makes me lulz. I hope her almighty god will make her a very happy woman with no gay offsprings.

  • Gibbette

    I can assure you it wasn’t me. Or any of my friends.

    She brings us so much shame. And she does NOT speak for me, as an Oklahoman, or as a human being.

  • Kenny

    This is Oklahoma. We have legislators who write resolutions condemning Richard Dawkins’ before he comes to deliver a speech, then investigating the University of Oklahoma zoology department for inviting him to speak during Darwin week. We have legislators who write bills to put a ten commandments monument at the capitol (it passed rather easily) and offer to front the money themselves.

    Mrs. Kern represents a little district in Bethany whose main source of income comes from Southern Nazarene University. Democrats have a very small chance in Oklahoma (unless supported by a famous coach, like our current governor).

    I’ve heard nothing Mrs. Kern has ever written has actually been signed into law, but those little old religious people couldn’t possibly vote against a good Christian like Sally.

    And yes…we couldn’t possibly allow our hated neighbors from Texas be more batshit crazy religious than we are.

  • Wes

    Kern is an embarrassment to the whole state. As Kenny said, her district is a (slowly declining) middle class neighborhood whose biggest organizations are a massive Nazarene church and an adjoining Nazarene university. Just to show how desperate this neighborhood is for funds, Bethany once painted a blue line all the way around its city limits to remind residents to spend money (i.e. pay sales tax) within the blue line so the town could stay afloat.

    But has Sally Kern done anything to help this? Nope. She just wants to attract attention to herself. All she cares about is making a spectacle. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s warming up to run for governor or congress some day. She’s definitely in the process of mastering the “Hateful Demagogue who Appeals to People’s Gut Feelings but Never Actually Accomplishes Anything” persona.

  • Neon Genesis

    I’m pretty sure it’s Sally Kern’s fault for wearing clothing made with two different fabrics as to why our economy sucks.

  • David D.G.

    Remind me to slap you next time we meet.

    Oy! Not feeling so friendly today, are you, Hemant?

  • Sally Kern should propose a bill that calls for a “state religion of Oklahoma” with details on which denomination is recognized, how to pray, what theological tenets must be believed, how much should be tithed, the wordings of mealtime blessings, how baptisms are to be performed, the proper interpretation of scripture, etc. I would think that even the religious people of Oklahoma may not think this (theocracy) is a good idea.

  • «bønez_brigade»

    Incidentally, Keith Olbermann named Sally Kern as #2 on his “Best Persons In The World” segment on tonight’s show. It was quite sarcastic (as BPITW tend to be), but he did make a mockery of her bugnuttery.

    I really think he should have reversed the roles, though — by putting the anonymous atheist donor under the snarkastic spotlight of the “Best Persons” list and Krazy Kern on the more serious “Worst Persons” list (since her attempted inanity is far more deserving of scrutiny and criticism).

    [And, FWIW, Olbermann even said “god damn” whilst discussing the cluelessness of Don’tAskDon’tTell. ‘Twas probably not the first time; but ’twas nice to hear, nonetheless.]

  • Sally’s extended her stay at the crazy house.

    Seriously, normal humans don’t think like this.

  • J. Hilfiger

    Oh, this person is an embarrassment to those of us who actually think for ourselves and live in Oklahoma. There will be a rally at the capitol in a few days. I cannot believe that she is still in office after last year’s ridiculous statements. Actually, I can.

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