Thursday, July 2, 2009

We the People of Oklahoma...

Just when you think you've heard it all:

Sally Kern blames gays, President Obama, divorcees and others for America's economic problems:
Oklahoma Representative Sally Kern, a 62-year-old Republican from the 84th district, has written a proclamation blaming America’s current economic problems on “abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many other forms of debauchery.” The proclamation purports to theorize about the state of our economy, but never once mentions greed or irresponsible borrowing and lending.

Okla. Lawmaker: Gays Caused Recession:

Her Oklahoma Proclamation of Morality states that the greater national moral crisis is the reason for the economic recession. She said the United States has become a world leader in promoting abortion, pornography, same-sex marriage and other things she disagrees with. It mentions, among other things, President Barack Obama's decision to declare June to be Gay Pride Month.

I'm guessing Ms. Kern is no fan of the ACLU, however:

The ACLU of Oklahoma states:

The proclamation blames the economic downturn we are currently experiencing on abortion, pornography, divorce, and same sex marriage, among other things. Kern does not mention the greed of Wall Street elitists or the inability of our government to effectively regulate questionable financial practices that might be the true cause of our nation's economic difficulties. Her proclamation is silent to meaningful solutions to address the very issues she blames for the “downturn of morality.”

Here is a copy of the proclamation:


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

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.

Did you note that eleven of the "whereas-es" were quotes? I won't even address the how poorly written this is but I will say that Ms. Kern should have done her homework before selecting some of those quotes. Below are just a few examples of what one can find with the most elementary research skills:

John Adams:

Adams was raised a Congregationalist, becoming a Unitarian at a time when most of the Congregational churches around Boston were turning to Unitarianism. Adams was educated at Harvard when the influence of deism was growing there, and used deistic terms in his speeches and writing. He believed in the essential goodness of the creation, but did not believe in the divinity of Christ or that God intervened in the affairs of individuals.

James Madison:

This is the quote she used:
“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)
This is what she should have read before selecting it:
This is a complete fabrication that dates back to the 1950s. A variation of this fabrication -- and there are several -- was read into the Congressional Record by Representative Dannemeyer on October 7, 1992. Another variation was later read into the Congressional Record by Florida Representative Scarborough on March 5, 1997, in defense of Judge Roy Moore's practice of posting a condensed version of the Protestant variant of the first tables of stone rendition of the Hebrew Decalogue on his courtroom wall, in full view of the Jury Box containing what would otherwise have been an impartial jury.
Scarborough used this fabrication long after David Barton, its most vehement proponent, had declared the alleged quotation "false" and had asked people to stop using it (see Rob Boston's 1996 article "Mything in Action: David Barton's 'Questionable Quotes'").

Here is a genuine Madison quote:

"And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together."

Ben Franklin:

Franklin established a common-law marriage with Deborah Read on September 1, 1730,[14] and besides taking in young William, together they had two children.

In 1730, at the age of 24, Franklin publicly acknowledged an illegitimate son named
William, who would eventually become the last Loyalist governor of New Jersey.

Franklin’s Puritan upbringing was a central factor throughout his life, as a philanthropist, civic leader and activist in the Revolutionary War.[57] Franklin rejected much of his Puritan upbringing: belief in salvation, hell, Jesus Christ’s divinity, and indeed most religious dogma. He retained a strong faith in God as the wellspring of morality and goodness in man, and as a Providential actor in history responsible for American independence.

(Hmm...sounds like he was "living in sin" and had an illegitimate child.)

Thomas Jefferson:

Jefferson is believed to have taken Sally Hemings, a young enslaved woman, as a companion, as other wealthy widowers had done. He had a nearly four decades-long relationship with her, a young quadroon believed to have been a half-sister to his late wife. (They were fathered by John Wayles, and Sally's mother Betty Hemings was mixed-race; Wayles had started a relationship with Betty Hemings after becoming a widower). DNA testing has supported the weight of historical evidence pointing to the long relationship, and the conclusion that Jefferson was the father of Sally's six mixed-race children (who were of seven-eighths white ancestry).

(Didn't Ms. Kern mention illegitimacy as an example of "debauchery"?)

Though he did so as Governor of Virginia, during his Presidency Jefferson refused to issue proclamations calling for days of prayer and thanksgiving.

*President Obama did sign a proclamation recognizing the National Day of Prayer. However, he did not host a service in the East Room as Bush had done.

This proclamation is not a legislative bill or resolution and as such, is nothing more than another example of Sally Kern's grandstanding. In the overall scheme of things it means precious little. While I find her expressed views odious, I do defend her right to free speech. However, when she starts in with the "We the People of Oklahoma" thing and insinuates that she speaks for me, that is when I must cry, "foul!". So, in an effort to clarify my position, I hereby issue my own proclamation:

Deanna Piercy, resident of the great State of Oklahoma and endowed by her Creator with the ability to think for herself and utilize basic research skills; to express her personal beliefs and distance herself from lunatics who would propose to do that for her, does establish this proclamation and calls upon Oklahomans and her fellow freedom-lovers in these United States of America and indeed, around the world, to acknowledge the need for wisdom, intelligence and fairness to all.

WHEREAS, "Too many of us have utterly forgotten that Jesus is not a weapon to hit people with, but a sign of grace, inclusion, acceptance and reconciliation." (someone on a message board a few years ago) ; and

WHEREAS, "One must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which
are always more interesting than those one thinks up oneself." (Marcel Proust) ; and

WHEREAS, we believe that Fox News, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and others of their ilk are poisoning the minds of many otherwise good people; and

WHEREAS, we believe that what occurs in private between adults is their own business; and

WHEREAS, we are discouraged by the attempts of some of our elected officials to make Oklahoma appear backward, bigoted and close-minded; and

WHEREAS, we are deeply saddened by the words and actions of fellow-Christians which only serve to inflame, inspire hatred and give Christianity a bad reputation; and

WHEREAS, we believe people need to lighten up, quit judging others, laugh and dance more;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we the undersigned, solemnly declare that not all Oklahomans and not all Christians adhere to Ms. Kern's belief system; and

BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, humbly implore all who read this to live your own life as you believe God would have you to do while allowing that others may not share your views or opinions or interpretations.



Lisa Sharp said...

Where do I sign??

Joy said...

Love it.

Cherie said...

Deanna - thanks for your research. Yesterday I was stunned when our pastor did a 4th of July moment and used similar quotes - it was very out of character for our church. I wanted to raise my hand and mention a few of the things you have in your blog.

Rambling Rachel said...

Sally Kern just makes it so easy. I wish more people could actually step back and THINK.