So what's the big deal about what Rep. Sally Kern(R-Oklahoma) said about gays and lesbians being more of a threat to America than terrorists? After all, like any American, Kern is entitled to her opinion, right? Does she have to be politically correct in all that she says or does? Well I'll tell you why it matters to me.
Sally Kern is a public figure, a leader in her state of Oklahoma. What leaders say has a big impact upon what their followers believe and do. When a leader makes derogatory comments about a group of individuals, such as Kern's, which in reality makes gays and lesbians the enemy, those followers get downright defensive. For people who can't think for themselves, just think about the impact the words of leaders has (Jim Jones, Adolf Hitler, the Church). Some of those followers then believe it is OK to do whatever they have to do to eliminate the "enemy." Thus, the killings of others!
Public leaders should be encouraging the positive and creating an atmosphere of harmony between people, not dividing and causing hatred. Kern continues to do this. She has every right to believe what she wants, but she should keep it to herself. My only hope is that by publically vocalizing her inner feelings, the public will be so outrage that they will realize this is not the leader for them, and Kern will be booted out. A YouTube audio clip of Kern's creed against gays and lesbians has indeed outraged gay activists. Hopefully not too much damage is done in the meantime.