State Rep. Sally Kern, who caused a firestorm three years ago that sparked calls for her to resign after she said the homosexual agenda was a bigger threat to America than terrorism, said Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., should step down because his actions are a distraction to Congress.
Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said she asked that a motion in March to publicly reprimand her in the House of Representatives for disparaging comments she made against blacks and women be approved unanimously so it wouldn't be a lingering distraction to lawmakers.
“I wanted to get the mess behind us because I was afraid had that not happened there might have been some individuals who would have done everything they could to drag it out and drag it out,” Kern said. “We still had work to do.”
The account of Weiner, who at first said his Twitter account had been hacked and someone sent a lewd photograph to a woman before admitting he had sent the picture, is dominating the news from Washington, Kern said.
“What does it do to the ability of the United States House of Representatives to carry on their work?” she asked. “It is a huge distraction. It is a huge detriment to our young people and the American people for that situation to continue to be carried on and on and on, which is happening because of his refusal to resign.”
Kern spoke about Rep. Weiner and her soon-to-be released book to the Capitol Republican Caucus, a political action committee that supports GOP candidates, during its monthly meeting in downtown Oklahoma City. Kern's recent controversial comments — that minorities earn less than white people and women earn less than men because they don't work as hard and have less initiative — occurred too late to be included in the new book, “The Stoning of Sally Kern: The Liberal Attack on Christian Conservatism and Why We Must Take a Stand.” It is to be released July 5.
The book is the result of the attention she received in 2008 when she made comments about a “homosexual agenda.”
A major publisher rejected her book because a board of director's wife was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks in New York, Kern told members of the Capitol Republican Caucus.
“He just could not see calling homosexuals terrorists,” Kern said. “I didn't actually call homosexuals terrorists, I just said homosexuality in my opinion was worse than terrorism. The homosexual agenda is destroying the moral fiber of our nation.”
Kern said the book tells of what happened after she told an Oklahoma City Republican group in January 2008 about efforts by homosexual activists to unseat conservative politicians. Someone taped her speech, and clips were posted on YouTube, which generated more than 2 million hits and led to what Kern calls a media “stoning.” She said she also warns in the book of dangers ahead if social conservatives don't preserve the nation's foundations of morality, truth and tolerance.
Kern said publishers came up with the title of her book. Her first choice was “No Apologies, No Regrets,” but publishers found that to be too bland, she said. Her second choice was “Holyphobe” — saying she often is called a homophobe but the only thing she fears is God.
Kern, a schoolteacher for about 20 years in Texas and Oklahoma, easily won election in 2004 and was unopposed in 2006. Her anti-gay comments caused candidates to oppose her in 2008 and 2010; Kern won at least 58 percent of the vote in both contests.
Kern said the reality of being an author began settling in when she received a case of her hardcover books last week.
“I was amazed that somebody wanted to publish it,” Kern said, “and I'll be honest with you — I was paid.”
Kern said the Christian publishing company Frontline told her it was interested in her story because she is an elected official who talked on an issue most politicians avoided, she's a former teacher who could give an educational viewpoint, and she's a minister's wife who could talk about the religious standpoint.
Kern said she felt a sense of accomplishment when she finished the book because, “I had documented for my family, my sons and my grandsons, what happened and that's enough for me.”