Thirteen years. Seems like a long time and yet I remember it like yesterday.
What I am about to say will undoubtedly enrage a lot of folks. But it comes from the heart, and I hope you will hear me out.
When those men hijacked the flights which later crashed into the World Trade Center Towers and The Pentagon and that lonely field in Pennsylvania, they had one intention in mind. They are called terrorists because that was their goal, to terrorize. They achieved that goal in a spectacular and outrageous fashion, and from that perspective their attacks were a success.
Americans, including me, were terrorized.
It was impossible not to feel terror as we all watched the aftermath of this despicable act. Indeed, we will never forget it, nor should we.
Now here is where I will lose friends: It’s time for us to stop being terrorized.
That terror caused us to put in place a series of laws that robbed many of the very freedoms we hold so dear.
It caused us to blindly follow a misguided president who dragged us into a war that didn’t need to happen in a country that had no part in the attacks.
It caused us to set up a secret surveillance network that rivals the old KGB but with half the efficiency.
It caused us to doubt our fellow citizens’ patriotism, simply because their religion or their manner of dress might be different than our own.
It caused us to imprison without charges hundreds of foreign nationals as “enemy combatants” with no clue as to how they would be tried or what they would be charged with.
It caused us to spend billions of dollars on half-baked security measures that do little to improve our safety and everything to reduce our privacy.
It sent us into a decade of doubt, suspicion and misdirected anger.
If that is not the result they sought, I don’t know what is. They succeeded with three of their flying bombs and the fourth was stopped only by the heroism of American citizens like you and me.
Its time we got back on track and stopped being terrorized. We need to stop behaving like scared rabbits and start behaving like those brave folks on United Flight 93. We need to stand up and realize that the world is a dangerous place, but we cannot sacrifice our freedom for security. We need to realize that each of us could be called on to defend our country at any time, but we do not need to militarize our country to do it.
We can be cautious without being paranoid. We can be vigilant without being militarized. We can reclaim our freedom and live life to the fullest without looking over our shoulder every few seconds fearing another attack.
I feel pretty sure there may be other attacks. That genii is out of the bottle. It is the world we live in today.
We cannot isolate ourselves any longer, but we can improve the quality of our lives and our freedom.
Sally Kern has a new website — SallyKern.com, also known as “Sally Kern: Bashing Gays for Jesus.”
Well, maybe it’s not hers. Maybe one of our readers just happened to notice that Kern had never registered her name as a domain, and neither had anyone else. Steve Rider deals in domain names regularly with his company, Steve’s Web Hosting (where you can also learn about the Gay Agenda).
“I have taken on Sally as a pet project,” said Rider, who describes himself as “a retired elderly homo with no respect for the Sanctity of Bigotry.”
Rider said when Kern first made national news with her “gays are more dangerous than Islam or terrorists” comment, “I discovered that she had never registered a dot-com domain in her name, so I took care of that for her.”
He has lots of fun stuff on the website, including a video from when Ellen Degeneres tried to call Kern on the air. And Wanda Sykes explaining she hopes Kern moves up in government so that she can pull the troops out of Iraq and attack West Hollywood.
In Kern’s new book, Stoning Sally Kern, she accuses the media of taking her out of context. Well, Ryder’s website allows you to hear her comments in their entirety. For example, let her tell you in her own words that blacks are in prison because they don’t want to work hard.
Oh, and in case you want more information about the book, Rider has registered Stoning Sally Kern as well.
In an interview this week with the conservative Tulsa Beacon, Kern compares same-sex marriage to marrying animals. The article describes Degeneres as “an avowed lesbian.”
But Kern explains that she doesn’t hate anyone. Everyone should have equal rights — it’s just that legislators should put biblical law before the Constitution.
“I am always being accused of hating homosexuals. I don’t hate anyone. This isn’t a matter of hating someone or trying to deny them their equal rights. All American citizens have equal rights under our Constitution. This is trying to get acceptance for a behavior that is specifically mentioned in God’s Word that is wrong.”
Kern’s book will be available on July 5. We’ve requested a review copy from the publisher.
Some may recall that in the wake of 9/11, the marketing folks seemed to be pushing the message that everyone in America should go out and buy stuff because, otherwise, “the terrorists win.”
We were reminded of this Wednesday evening when we received a press release from a company that provides “full-service destination weddings.” The company, which has offices in Dallas, announced in the press release that it’s expanding its focus to include the LGBT community.
And that’s great, but we were a little turned off by this quote in the press release from one of the company’s executives:
“… We support the idea that marriage creates stable, committed unions. We believe that everyone must be supported in building stable, empowering, and respectful relationships. In light of the recent trends of gay teen suicide and bullying happening in the U.S., where most of our clients reside, it is our obligation to demonstrate that happy, committed relationships do exist and are possible for everyone. By providing a flawless destination wedding experience to our couples, we can do just that. … ”
It’s been more than two years since Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern made the statement that homosexuals are a bigger threat to national security than terrorists. And Kern is still trying to explain why.
From an interview with Fox 25 in Oklahoma City, which reported recently on Kern’s race against Democratic challenger Brittany Novotny, who happens to be transgender:
When you mention the name Sally Kern, most people think of the now-infamous speech she gave two years ago, declaring homosexuals more dangerous to America than terrorists. But that is the first of many misconceptions Kern says she wants to clear up.
“Here in America we’ve had what maybe three known real big terrorist attacks on our nation,” Kern said. “But every day our young people especially, all of us, but our young people especially are in a sense bombarded with the message that homosexuality is normal and natural.”