It’s no secret that the state legislature in Oklahoma is made up of a bunch of right-wing extremists. Sally Kern became famous last year for screeching about how homosexuals posed a bigger threat to our nation than terrorism. Mike Ritze, while not so well known, wants to put up a monument to the ten commandments at the state capitol despite the fact that the Supreme Court already ruled against this in McCreary County vs. ACLU. More recently, on Feb. 10th of this year to be exact, twenty of these right-wing nuts voted to strike a prayer from the official House Records because it had been given by a gay man. Fortunately, they lost because 64 legislators approved it, proving that not all Republicans in the Oklahoma House, while conservative, are necessarily nuts.
But just because they are not all the extreme right wing, plenty of conservative republicans and some democratic legislators vote with these core twenty people. That is why last week the senate was able to easily pass a bill making stem cell research illegal. The Daily Oklahoman, a conservative paper, is finally waking up to the fact of just how extreme Oklahoma’s rule making body has become with this editorial. But is anyone paying attention?
Now I don’t mind if Kern and her cohorts hate homosexuals and think it is unnatural, yada, yada, yada. What I do object to is the fact that her ultimate goal is to impose biblical law on society. If she thought she could get away with it, she would introduce a bill tomorrow calling for “stoning by death” of all known homosexuals. Next, would be return African-Americans to slavery and outlawing divorce and bank accounts for single women.
Banning stem cell research is just another way of saying ‘no’ to science and the modern age. It is another attempt to move Oklahoma in the direction of the stone age. Charles Key, with help from Randy Brogdon, recently passed a resolution, not a bill as World Net Daily proclaims, declaring Oklahoma a sovereign state. Is this what Oklahomans want? To leave the union and live in darkness?
It’s time to wake up, people. It’s time to take notice of what your elected representatives are doing. It’s time to quit drinking the Republican kool-aid and take action.
Call Gov. Brad Henry tomorrow and ask him to veto HB 1326. His phone number is : (405) 521-2342
Of course, if he does veto it, the veto could be overturned by the house and the senate, so then you will need to call your representatives and ask them to sustain the veto.
Click this link to find name and contact info for your representative: http://www.okhouse.gov/
Click this link to find name and contact info for your senator: http://www.oksenate.gov/
Do not take my word for it. Do your own research. Find out what your legislature is doing and let them know how you feel about it. Study the issues and make up your own mind.