Okla. state legislator and author says homosexuals are bigger threat to the United States than terrorists

As the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil approaches, an Oklahoma state legislator has ignited a furor in the gay community by saying while on her book tour that homosexuality is a bigger threat to America than terrorism.

State Rep. Sally Kern wrote her book, “The Stoning of Sally Kern: The Liberal Attack on Christian Conservatism and Why We Must Take a Stand,” in response to an uproar she unleashed in 2008 when she was recorded leveling a similar attack against gays.

In that recording, Kern expressed her fear that school children were being indoctrinated to accept a gay lifestyle, that “studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than a few decades,” and that gays were more of a threat to the country than terrorists.

The recording flew around the Internet and prompted talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to offer Kern a televised phone message.

Kern, the wife of a Baptist minister, was speaking about her book in late August with Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth about Homosexuality, when she again brought up the gay-terrorist comparison.

“You know,” she told LaBarbera, “if you just look at it in practical terms, which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/AIDS? In the last 20 years, 15 to 20 years, we’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one’s the biggest threat?”

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Steven Levingston is the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post. He is author of “Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Époque Paris” (Doubleday, 2014) and “The Kennedy Baby: The Loss that Transformed JFK” (Washington Post eBook, 2013).

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