State Rep. Sally Kern said Monday she was the first to alert a Baptist newspaper that it had made an error in printing a copy of her "Proclamation for Morality” with a fake endorsement from the governor.
The Baptist Messenger, the official newspaper of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, published Kern’s proclamation in its July 16 edition, making the document appear to be on state of Oklahoma "executive department” letterhead, complete with the state seal and signatures of Gov. Brad Henry and Secretary of State Susan Savage.
Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said she saw the Baptist Messenger when her husband, the Rev. Steve Kern, a Baptist pastor, brought a copy home last week. She said they contacted the newspaper’s leaders about it and learned that someone had made the mistake unintentionally.
"Looked like he tried to doctor it up to make it look nice,” Kern said.
"They tried to make it appear like the governor had signed it.”
Kern’s proclamation says America’s decline is a result of a decline in moral values and includes a petition for the signatures of people who agree with its premise. Neither Henry nor Savage signed the document, which Kern presented July 2 at the state Capitol. The proclamation is not a proposed piece of legislation.