Now that Sally Kern’s creationism bill has gone down in flames in the Oklahoma legislature, you might think that your Curmudgeon would be ready to move on to other matters. Yes, we are, but not before we visit the matter one last time.
In case you don’t know what we’re talking about, see Sally Kern’s Oklahoma Creationism Bill — It’s Dead. But now you’re wondering: What else is there to say about Sally, at least for this session of the legislature?
Good question. We came across an article titled Debate set at OCCC over establishment of Christian nation, which appears in the Oklahoman, located in Oklahoma City, the state capitol. That brief little article offers us some additional insights. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
A debate about whether the United States was established as a Christian nation is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave.
Why do we care about this silly debate? We’re already expressed ourselves on that issue (see Is America a “Christian Nation”?), and there’s not much else we can say. Quickie summary: Americans are mostly a Christian people, but the government isn’t a Christian institution. The government is, of course, compatible with a Christian population — but so is your city’s road system. That’s your Curmudgeon’s humble opinion. Now let’s read on in the Oklahoman:
The Rev. Bruce Prescott, executive director of Mainstream Oklahoma Baptists and president of the Norman chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will debate the Rev. Steve Kern, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church and husband of state Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City.
Prescott will argue that the U.S. Constitution neither established nor advocates for a Christian nation. Kern will argue that it does.
Aha! There it is, dear reader. Sally Kern, creationist representative in the Oklahoma legislature, is married to a preacher who claims that the US is a “Christian nation.” That certainly suggests that he’s a theocrat who longs for the good old days — before the Revolution — when there was no separation of church and state.
Well, so what? Just because Sally’s husband is a theocrat, does that tell us anything about Sally’s views? Yes, we think it does. In our Curmudgeonly benevolence, we assume that the Kerns enjoy an ideal marriage — the kind described in the Good Book. In Ephesians 5:22 to 24, King James Version, it says:
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. … Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
If Sally is a dutiful wife — and she undoubtedly is — then her husband’s views are also hers. We can further assume that her activities in the legislature represent her husband’s wishes. Therefore, if Reverend Steve Kern is a theocrat, so is Sally.
As we’ve said before, your basic, wandering around goofball who believes in crop circles or magic crystals is of no concern to us. It’s the same with your typical creationist who is obsessed with Noah’s Ark. What such people choose to believe is their own private business.
But it’s very different with legislators. What they believe can affect us all — and if they’re not only creationists, which is potentially disastrous for education, but they’re also theocrats — then we must be concerned. Theocrats intend to turn this country into what it was in the days of the Salem witch trials — when the power of government was used to enforce religious beliefs.
This will probably be our last post about Oklahoma’s Sally Kern, at least for a while. We expect, however, that we’ll be hearing more of her in times to come. If so, it’s good that we have a clear understanding of what we’re dealing with.
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