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Sally Kern didn’t learn her lesson, even after mass public outrage. No doubt strategically timed to make Independence Day headlines, Oklahoma Rep. Sally Kern is back to demonizing gays again. Today, in an unusually public ceremony, Rep. Kern signed a “Proclamation for Morality,” which blames the U.S.’s current economic crisis on, among other acts of “debauchery,” same-sex marriage. Yup. That’s right, the bad state of the economy is because of the gays. Here’s a taste of her “Proclamation”:

“WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national
moral crisis; and
WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion,
pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and
many other forms of debauchery; and
WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking
the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and
WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused
to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of
Prayer; and
WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States
disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to
an immoral behavior”

So much for separation of Church and State. Watch Kern speak today as she explains and introduces the proclamation:

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9/1681694480?isVid=1&publisherID=713285227

Now,  you’ll remember early last year Rep. Kern got busted at her own fundraiser. Never think someone isn’t recording you. Because someone always is. The Victory Fund took the recording and added some images. Watch for yourself:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=tFxk7glmMbo%26hl%3Den%26fs%3D1%26border%3D1

Here’s the full text of Kern’s “Proclamation”:

“OKLAHOMA CITIZEN’S PROCLAMATION FOR MORALITY

We the People of Oklahoma, Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to
secure and perpetuate the blessing of Liberty; to secure just and rightful Government; to promote
our mutual Welfare and Happiness, do establish this proclamation and call upon the people of the
great State of Oklahoma, and our fellow Patriots in these United States of America who look to
the Lord for guidance, to acknowledge the need for a national awakening of righteousness in our
land.

WHEREAS, “It is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon
which Freedom can securely stand” (John Adams); and

WHEREAS, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with
human passions unbridled by Religion and Morality” (John Adams); and

WHEREAS, “Our Constitution was made only for a Moral and Religious people” (John
Adams); and

WHEREAS, “We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the
power of government…but upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity
of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to
the Ten Commandments of God” (James Madison); and

WHEREAS, “Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that
belongs to us by the laws of God (Benjamin Franklin); and

WHEREAS, “God who gave us life gave us liberty and can the liberties of a nation be
thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the
people that these liberties are of the Gift of God” (Thomas Jefferson); and

WHEREAS, “Whether any free government can be permanent, where the public
worship of God, and the support of Religion, constitute no part of the policy or duty of the state”
(Joseph Story); and

WHEREAS, “We hold sacred the rights of conscience, and promise to the people…the
free and undisturbed exercise of their religion” (Roger Sherman); and

WHEREAS, “This great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians”
(Patrick Henry); and

WHEREAS, “When you…exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be
impressed upon your mind that God commands you to choose just men who will rule in the fear of
God” (Noah Webster); and

WHEREAS, “The principles of genuine Liberty and of wise laws and administrations
are to be drawn from the Bible” (Noah Webster); and

WHEREAS, the people of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon the
Creator of the Universe; and
thought secure when we have removed
WHEREAS, we believe our economic woes are consequences of our greater national
moral crisis; and

WHEREAS, this nation has become a world leader in promoting abortion,
pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and
many other forms of debauchery; and

WHEREAS, alarmed that the Government of the United States of America is forsaking
the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built; and

WHEREAS, grieved that the Office of the president of these United States has refused
to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of
Prayer; and

WHEREAS, deeply disturbed that the Office of the president of these United States
disregards the biblical admonitions to live clean and pure lives by proclaiming an entire month to
an immoral behavior;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we the undersigned elected officials
of the people of Oklahoma, religious leaders and citizens of the State of Oklahoma, appealing to
the Supreme Judge of the world, solemnly declare that the HOPE of the great State of Oklahoma
and of these United States, rests upon the Principles of Religion and Morality as put forth in the
HOLY BIBLE; and

BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, believers in the One True God and His
only Son, call upon all to join with us in recognizing that “Blessed is the Nation whose God is the
Lord,” and humbly implore all who love Truth and Virtue to live above reproach in the sight of God
and man with a firm reliance on the leadership and protection of Almighty God; and

BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, humbly call upon Holy God, our
Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer, to have mercy on this nation, to stay His hand of judgment,
and grant a national awakening of righteousness and Christian renewal as we repent of our great
sin.

Signed on the second day of July in the year of our Lord Christ Two Thousand and Nine.”

American Atheists, a forty-six year old organization, released this statement:

“Dr. Ed Buckner, president of American Atheists, said that the bizarre
claim “betrays not only intellectual bankruptcy, but insults the
intelligence of voters in Oklahoma and the rest of the country who want
real solutions to the serious economic difficulties that face our
nation. The resolution offered is not only counter-productive, it
severely misquotes key founding fathers. Jefferson, Franklin, Madison,
and probably Washington as well would be appalled at being falsely
claimed by these anti-American yahoos.”

The “Oklahoma Citizen’s Proclamation for Morality” singles out President
Obama for recognizing June as  LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and
Transgendered) Pride Month, and charges that America is economic peril
because of “abortion, pornography, same-sex marriage, sex trafficking,
divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse and many other forms of
debauchery.”

“With all of the recent scandals involving self-righteous politicians, I
first thought this Resolution was talking about religious Republicans,”
quipped Dave Silverman, Communications Director for American Atheists.
“Political leaders, especially those wrapping themselves in the rhetoric
of the religious right, are the last people who should be trying to
dictate how Americans should live their lives.”

“Once again, we’re blaming complex social problems on the religious
right’s idea of sinful behavior,” said Kagin.  “It appears that Rep.
Kern and her supporters know less about economics than they do using
religion to promote a theocratic social agenda.”

It’s time for America to get serious about our politicians.

(Hat tip to Kelvin Lynch of The Examiner for video of Kern’s speech today.)

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