An Oaklahoma Senior in High School writes to OK Rep. Sally Kern re her bigoted remarks...

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    Mar 14, 2008 10:02 AM GMT
    The following letter was written by a high school senior boy in response to Rep. Sally Kern's speech which stated among many things that "homosexuality is worse than terrorists." This letter was forwarded by the boy's Aunt to the local media:

    "Today my nephew attempted to deliver a letter to Sally Kern but was stopped by a highway patrol man. With his permission I am distributing the letter to all news stations and thought I would include it here.

    Maybe we can all stand to learn and listen from this smart, loving, young man. He more than most has reason to hate. He lost his mother, my sister, in the Murrah Building bombing."

    Elizabeth (by way News9 Comment Section at http://www.topix.net/forum/sou...)

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    Rep Kern:

    On April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City a terrorist detonated a bomb that killed my mother and 167 others. 19 children died that day. Had I not had the chicken pox that day, the body count would've likely have included one more. Over 800 other Oklahomans were injured that day and many of those still suffer through their permanent wounds.

    That terrorist was neither a homosexual or was he involved in Islam. He was an extremist Christian forcing his views through a body count. He held his beliefs and made those who didn't live up to them pay with their lives.

    As you were not a resident of Oklahoma on that day, it could be explained why you so carelessly chose words saying that the homosexual agenda is worst than terrorism. I can most certainly tell you through my own experience that is not true. I am sure there are many people in your voting district that laid a loved one to death after the terrorist attack on Oklahoma City. I kind of doubt you'll find one of them that will agree with you.

    I was five years old when my mother died. I remember what a beautiful, wise, and remarkable woman she was. I miss her. Your harsh words and misguided beliefs brought me to tears, because you told me that my mother's killer was a better person than a group of people that are seeking safety and tolerance for themselves.

    As someone left motherless and victimized by terrorists, I say to you very clearly you are absolutely wrong.

    You represent a district in Oklahoma City and you very coldly express a lack of love, sympathy or understanding for what they've been through. Can I ask if you might have chosen wiser words were you a real Oklahoman that was here to share the suffering with Oklahoma City? Might your heart be a bit less cold had you been around to see the small bodies of children being pulled out of rubble and carried away by weeping firemen?

    I've spent 12 years in Oklahoma public schools and never once have I had anyone try to force a gay agenda on me. I have seen, however, many gay students beat up and there's never a day in school that has went by when I haven't heard the word **** slung at someone. I've been called gay slurs many times and they hurt and I am not even gay so I can just imagine how a real gay person feels. You were a school teacher and you have seen those things too. How could you care so little about the suffering of some of your students?

    Let me tell you the result of your words in my school. Every openly gay and suspected gay in the school were having to walk together Monday for protection. They looked scared. They've already experienced enough hate and now your words gave other students even more motivation to sneer at them and call them names. Afterall, you are a teacher and a lawmaker, many young people have taken your words to heart. That happens when you assume a role of responsibility in your community. I seriously think before this week ends that some kids here will be going home bruised and bloody because of what you said.

    I wish you could've met my mom. Maybe she could've guided you in how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.

    I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be here to watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she won't be there. So I'll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma to go to college elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no intentions to ever return here. I have no doubt that people like you will incite crazy people to build more bombs and kill more people again. I don't want to be here for that. I just can't go through that again.

    You may just see me as a kid, but let me try to teach you something. The old saying is sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Well, your words hurt me. Your words disrespected the memory of my mom. Your words can cause others to pick up sticks and stones and hurt others.

    Sincerely,
    Tucker

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    I thought his letter was brilliant. B787
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    Mar 14, 2008 10:07 AM GMT

    A bit more on this . . .

    The producers of ELLEN have contacted Tucker and asked him to appear on the show and read the letter aloud. (This is a follow-up to the brief statement Ellen made about this matter the other day.)

    It is sad that this matter (her bigoted speech) didn't make "front page" news because of the stupid Governor/Hooker story (which is deemed more important).

    Again, the art of distraction!

    B787
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    Mar 14, 2008 1:30 PM GMT
    Yeah, I read this on OMGBLOG, and it's pretty damn impressive coming from a high school senior (or anyone for that matter). I always feel proud when people stand up for themselves against authority figures that feel they can be unquestioned because of their status.

    I thought the letter was really moving and pretty poignant; he was very forthright without being condescending or letting is anger take control of how the letter is presented.

    I would TRULY love if he appeared on Ellen. Yesterday Ellen tried to contact Kern's office to speak to her. Of course she didn't get through. I'm pretty damn sure no one in Sally Kern's office is answering the phone right now because of all the DESERVED backlash.

    I have to say, Ellen is one of the only people I really truly look up to.
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    Mar 14, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    This Tucker is one GOOD AND DECENT young man !!! believe it or not, I think the majority of the public is more like him than like the bigot Representative Kerns. His letter is one of the most moving responses I've read in years in response to such bigotry, and made far more potent by his young age and personal loss. I hope he does get to appear on Ellens show, and I wish his letter could be sent to 100's of Papers around the nation, it may help turn more people against the war monger party of BUSHIES, and toward the more peace minded democratic nominee for president this fall.
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    Mar 14, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    B787 said


    It is sad that this matter (her bigoted speech) didn't make "front page" news because of the stupid Governor/Hooker story (which is deemed more important).

    Again, the art of distraction!



    What's even sadder is this kid's thoughtful and brilliant response to her asinine rant hasn't made front page either.
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    Mar 15, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    I liked parts of the letter, but I didn't like the part where he judged her back and said something to the effect of being a real christian. I believe that no one has the right to jude who is a christian and who is not except the guy upstairs.
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    Mar 18, 2008 3:02 AM GMT
    sastud05 saidI liked parts of the letter, but I didn't like the part where he judged her back and said something to the effect of being a real christian. I believe that no one has the right to jude who is a christian and who is not except the guy upstairs.


    Christians have a mantra. To be loving, forgiving, helping out your fellow man, etc. She doesn't fit into this mantra at all. Therefore he is just calling it like he sees it.
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    Mar 18, 2008 3:06 AM GMT
    Japultra !!!! VERY WELL SAID !!!! SHE ASKED FOR IT BY SPEAKING OUT IN SUCH A DISGRACEFUL WAY !!!!
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    Mar 18, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    sastud05 saidI liked parts of the letter, but I didn't like the part where he judged her back and said something to the effect of being a real christian. I believe that no one has the right to jude who is a christian and who is not except the guy upstairs.


    Ghandi once said, “I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.”

    I agree, we shouldn't judge, but I think we can know someone's heart by observing their words and actions. It would be irresponsible for thoughtful people to NOT call Sally Kern out on her position.
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    Mar 18, 2008 4:22 AM GMT
    What a remarkable young man he is. He wrote a thoughtful and poignant letter, very moving.
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    Mar 18, 2008 4:47 AM GMT
    sastud05 saidI believe that no one has the right to jud[g]e who is a christian and who is not except the guy upstairs.


    I'm happy to be the judge...thanks for asking.

    Oh, you mean GOD! Sorry, my second-story apartment always makes me feel a little above everyone else.

    But seriously, bull crap! I don't think it's wise to escalate the hating, but judging! It's definitely called for here.

    Jesus had no problem calling the Scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees a bunch of hypocrites. I think in this case I'll follow his example.

    And since I don't really believe there's a "guy upstairs" (what an adorably charming way to call on him), I'd like us humans to do a little more judging when this sort of crap gets tossed our way.
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    Mar 20, 2008 1:53 AM GMT
    USMmmm said[quote][cite]sastud05 said[/cite]I liked parts of the letter, but I didn't like the part where he judged her back and said something to the effect of being a real christian. I believe that no one has the right to jude who is a christian and who is not except the guy upstairs.


    Ghandi once said, “I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.”

    I agree, we shouldn't judge, but I think we can know someone's heart by observing their words and actions. It would be irresponsible for thoughtful people to NOT call Sally Kern out on her position.[/quote]

    I didn't say that you couldn't call her out on it. Which is why I liked the letter. However, I did not like the part where he judged her as being a christian. Since when did he or anyone else for that matter have the right to judge who is or who is not a christian.