Everyone's favorite raging theocrat, Oklahoma House member Sally Kern, is at it again.
Numerous reports indicate that Kern and her supporters plan to publicly sign a document dubbed the "Oklahoma Citizen's Proclamation for Morality" declaring the United States a Christian nation tomorrow at the state capitol.
I've read Kern's resolution, and it's a whole lot of crazy crammed into one document. Dissecting the whole thing would take all day – and who has that much time?
But let me hit some highlights. For starters, I was struck by some of the "Whereases." One states that "our economic woes are consequences of our greater national moral crisis" and another asserts that the United States "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."
The resolution goes on to assert that "the Government of the United States of America is forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which this nation was built" and blasts President Barack Obama for refusing "to uphold the long held tradition of past presidents in giving recognition to our National Day of Prayer" – even though Obama issued a Prayer Day proclamation.
But it's the proclamation's historical section that really takes Sally off the rails. It's a veritable font of ignorance, studded with quotes from Founders that are either wrenched from context or made up.
For example, the resolution quotes James Madison as saying, "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."
I had to shake my head when I saw that old chestnut being dusted off once again.
The quote contradicts almost everything Madison ever said about separation of church and state. It is almost certainly bogus, and even the notorious "Christian nation" propagandist David Barton admitted he could not confirm it and advised people to stop using it – 13 years ago!
Sally, Sally, Sally! It's bad enough that you promote this nonsense, but when you sprinkle it with glaring errors of fact and omission, you only end up embarrassing yourself.
A lobbyist at the Oklahoma branch of the American Civil Liberties Union did yeoman's work researching Sally's quotes and putting them in their proper context (or debunking them as fallacious).
On its Web site, the ACLU calls Kern's resolution "a hate-filled diatribe...full of inaccuracies." I have to agree.
Reading it, one thing struck me: Kern sure doesn't like our country very much. According to her, we're nothing but a bunch of sex-obsessed porn addicts who promote abortion, mock marriage and engage in "many other forms of debauchery."
Speaking as a proud American who is looking forward to celebrating the 233rd birthday of the nation with a good, old-fashioned family reunion and picnic, I'm shocked that Kern thinks so little of our country. Sure, we have our faults – but I wouldn't live anywhere else.
I'd like to borrow a line conservatives used to throw around quite a lot and ask Sally: If it's so awful here, if you hate it so much, why don't you leave?