EDMOND — If given the chance to do it all over again, state Rep. Sally Kern said she wouldn't change a thing. In an address Thursday on the University of Central Oklahoma campus, Kern, R-Oklahoma City, again refused to apologize for secretly-recorded comments she made earlier this year to an Oklahoma City Republican club.
"If I knew it was being recorded, I'd still say the same thing,” Kern said. "I will not back down from what I believe the Bible teaches.” Kern was the guest speaker at a meeting of UCO's College Republicans, an appearance that was scheduled before her comments about gays and lesbians drew national attention earlier this month. About 40 people attended Kern's speech, many of whom expressed their displeasure with Kern's beliefs. Kern spent much of her speech explaining why she thought Christianity plays an important role in American government before turning her attention to her previous comments and taking questions from the audience. Most of the questions came from people who disagreed with Kern's views. She attempted to clarify comments she made about Islamics in the same address, saying she was referring not to Islam as a whole but to Islamic extremists and Muslims who want to incorporate Islamic law into the U.S. system of government. "It's like oil and water: They (Islamic law and American law) won't mix,” she said. Kern said her statements about gays and lesbians were not directed at individuals, but rather the political agenda of "homosexual millionaires.” Kern said she stands by statements she made that cite "negative consequences” associated with "the homosexual lifestyle.”
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State Rep. Sally Kern, left, talks with UCO senior Sam Ozor, right, after she spoke to College Republicans. by NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN