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Sally Kern is famous for her hateful words and actions toward homosexuals. Here is a primer and refresher of her homophobic past:
Library Commission votes to restrict access to “sensitive and controversial” children’s books
Oklahoma’s Metropolitan Library Commission has voted 10 to 7 to move children’s books with “sensitive and controversial” subjects to what will be known as “parental collections” in children’s sections of libraries. Books to be moved to the new section will mainly be ones with homosexual protagonists, along with those involving death, human sexuality, abuse and bullying. An official list of titles will be made by a new subcommittee that is yet to be formed.
The Commission’s decision was contrary to the findings of a report by library staff, which concluded that the criteria for determining which books are sensitive and controversial are subjective by their nature, and that any recommendation will inevitably offend someone in the community, as has been demonstrated in the ongoing controversy surrounding the matter. The report states that these “differences are the very reasons why library policies stress ‘that parents must make those determinations for their own children.’ The 19 members of this Commission probably do not agree on the definitions, and the staff would also have varying conclusions.”
“The [Metropolitan Library Service] staff has deep concern for the protection and safety of the children we serve. We believe that the best way for the public library to do this is to encourage parents to visit the library with their children to oversee their use of its facilities and materials, rather than to institute policies that imply that this parental supervision is not necessary.”
State Rep. Sally Kern (R-Bethany) led the effort to restrict the books, authoring House Resolution 1039 earlier this year. The resolution strongly urged the Library Commission to move the books to adult sections of libraries. House members threatened not to provide all of the needed funding for libraries if the Library Commission failed to comply with the resolution.
Creating a new sub-section in the children’s section was not Kern and others had in mind, but Kern said it’s a good start. “I applaud the Library Commission for taking some action on this issue. They’ve taken a step in the reight direction. And even though I would have like a stronger measure, we’ll start with what they came up with.”
Kern was thankful to those on the committee who voted for the motion, but had criticism for the 7 who voted against it. “I want to thank the metro area mayors who appoint the commissioners for their support in this effort, and I appreciate the efforts of those who voted for the new policy. They took a stand to protect children and uphold Oklahoma values. However, those seven board members who voted against the proposal obviously do not understand the communities they live in or respect the values of the majority of the people they represent.”
Kern is currently working on forming a non-profit organization for “library accountability” that will monitor metro libraries.
Kern Invokes Higher Power to Protect Kids from Alternative Views
The Metropolitan Library Commission is holding yet another meeting to discuss a controversial proposed change to its shelving policy. Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed House Resolution 1039 this year, strongly urging the Library Commission to move homosexually-themed children’s books to the adult sections of metro libraries.
The meeting will be held August 25 at 3:30 p.m., at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa. The Library Commission has been administering a comprehensive study of its shelving policy and procedures and is expected to give a report of its findings. Several speakers are also scheduled for the meeting. They will begin at 3:00.
Members of the House initially threatened not to give the Library System all of its requested funding this legislative session, is the Library Commission did not change its shelving policy. The House ultimately gave them full funding, but has taken the same stance looking toward next legislative session.
Specific titles targeted for the adult section are Heather Has Two Mommies, The Duke Who Outlawed Jelly Beans, and King and King.
Representative Sally Kern (R-Bethany), the author of the resolution and vice chair of the subcommittee handling the issue, prays that “God’s will be done” in a letter to her supporters. “We, the Christian community, have set idly by for too long and let this perversion get out of hand. The homosexuals are wanting us to accept their behavior as normal and natural. It is not. It is sin and unless Believers stand up and be heard it will continue to spread like a cancer and destroy our society. I believe that with all my heart. I am not a particularly valiant person, but God has put me in the position of State Representative for such a time as this.”
Glen Bud Smithson (D-Sallisaw) is one of only three representatives to vote against the resolution. Smithson says libraries in his district simply do not have room for separate sections. “We have very good library boards and I just kind of hate to take that power away from our local libraries to choose the books that they display. They really don’t have the room or the money to separate them,” he said. “Plus, I don’t see how blinding a child from some reading material is educational,” Smithson said. “I don’t really see that hiding a child from all the evils in the world is protecting a child from all the evils in the world. At some point in their lives, they do have to start learning about a few of these things.”
Darrell Gilbert (D-Tulsa) is another rep. who voted against the resolution. Gilbert, who describes the resolution as “political fodder,” asks “Where’s the stopping point on this? If this is a book that you want to have in, quote, an adult-only access part of the library-which there aren’t any such things-you’re going to have to take every anatomy book and put it in there, too, because it has nude bodies in it, pictures of body parts. Where does it stop?”