This weekend when I realized that since Bill Clinton and Gary Condit, the sex scandals attracting major media attention have all involved gay sex or solicitations for such sex (McGreevey, Foley, Craig), I quickly typed up an observation, perhaps my shortest post ever.
A reader, upset that I hadn’t addressed an issue I had then heard nothing about, wondered why I hadn’t said anything about the “venomous anti-gay hate speech by Oklahoma Sate Rep. Sally Kern” (his words), I replied noting that Ms. Kern is hardly anyone in “the national spotlight.”
It seems the media has dragged this misguided woman into the national spotlight, probably because of her partisan affiliation (alas, she’s a Republican). Her contention that homosexuality is a greater threat to America than terrorism is just plain silly. Ed Morrissey said it best when he wrote, “Republicans at some point have to distance themselves from those whose paranoid impulses lead them to these extremes.” (Thanks to a reader for the link.)
Lots of local officials say some really ridiculous things. The national media picks a comment a Republican made while ignoring those made by Democrats.Â How long had they ignored the hate-speech of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright who served the spiritual advisor to an up-and-coming Democratic member of the Illinois Senate and later served in the United States Senate?
They only took an interest in his angry remarks when that Democrat emerged as the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
This hate speech becomes a national issue because Senator Obama is a candidate for national office. Does Ms. Kern have such influence? Does she advise Senator Inhofe? Senator Coburn? And heck, those two Republicans aren’t even running for President.
Both individuals, Representative Kern and the Reverend Wright, said some pretty hateful things. But, only Reverend Wright’s merit national media attention, largely because a leading candidate for President of the United States, “chose” thatÂ maliciousÂ man “to be his spiritual mentor.”
It’s a sad commentary on American society today that there are people like Sally Kern out there with such silly and ignorant notions of homosexuality. I agree it was a national issue when nationally prominent preachers Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson made similarly ridiculous comments right after the attacks of 9/11.
The national significance, however, of the comments of an insignificant state representative from a medium-sized state, pale in comparison to those of the spiritual advisor to a candidate for president of the United States. Fortunately, the latter are getting more attention.
If Sally Kern’s remarks really do merit national attention, then so too do the hateful and silly remarks of Democratic state representatives. And those of spiritual advisors to United State Senators from large states.