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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 10:47 AM
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Letter From Tucker
by: Dagon
Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 13:59:31 PM EDT

( - promoted by pam)

A letter to Sally Kern from a senior in high school in Oklahoma.
*******

Today my nephew attempted to deliver a letter to Sally Kern but was stopped by a highway patrol man. With his permission I am distributing the letter to all news stations and thought I would include it here.

Maybe we can all stand to learn a listen from this smart, loving, young man. He more than most has reason to hate. He lost his mother, my sister, in the Murrah Building bombing.

Elizabeth
( by way page 112 of the News9 Comment Section at http://www.news9.com/global/st... )


Dagon :: Letter From Tucker

Rep Kern:

On April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City a terrorist detonated a bomb that killed my mother and 167 others. 19 children died that day. Had I not had the chicken pox that day, the body count would've likely have included one more. Over 800 other Oklahomans were injured that day and many of those still suffer through their permanent wounds.

That terrorist was neither a homosexual or was he involved in Islam. He was an extremist Christian forcing his views through a body count. He held his beliefs and made those who didn't live up to them pay with their lives.

As you were not a resident of Oklahoma on that day, it could be explained why you so carelessly chose words saying that the homosexual agenda is worst than terrorism. I can most certainly tell you through my own experience that is not true. I am sure there are many people in your voting district that laid a loved one to death after the terrorist attack on Oklahoma City. I kind of doubt you'll find one of them that will agree with you.

I was five years old when my mother died. I remember what a beautiful, wise, and remarkable woman she was. I miss her. Your harsh words and misguided beliefs brought me to tears, because you told me that my mother's killer was a better person than a group of people that are seeking safety and tolerance for themselves.

As someone left motherless and victimized by terrorists, I say to you very clearly you are absolutely wrong.

You represent a district in Oklahoma City and you very coldly express a lack of love, sympathy or understanding for what they've been through. Can I ask if you might have chosen wiser words were you a real Oklahoman that was here to share the suffering with Oklahoma City? Might your heart be a bit less cold had you been around to see the small bodies of children being pulled out of rubble and carried away by weeping firemen?

I've spent 12 years in Oklahoma public schools and never once have I had anyone try to force a gay agenda on me. I have seen, however, many gay students beat up and there's never a day in school that has went by when I haven't heard the word **** slung at someone. I've been called gay slurs many times and they hurt and I am not even gay so I can just imagine how a real gay person feels. You were a school teacher and you have seen those things too. How could you care so little about the suffering of some of your students?

Let me tell you the result of your words in my school. Every openly gay and suspected gay in the school were having to walk together Monday for protection. They looked scared. They've already experienced enough hate and now your words gave other students even more motivation to sneer at them and call them names. Afterall, you are a teacher and a lawmaker, many young people have taken your words to heart. That happens when you assume a role of responsibility in your community. I seriously think before this week ends that some kids here will be going home bruised and bloody because of what you said.

I wish you could've met my mom. Maybe she could've guided you in how a real Christian should be acting and speaking.

I have not had a mother for nearly 13 years now and wonder if there were fewer people like you around, people with more love and tolerance in their hearts instead of strife, if my mom would be here to watch me graduate from high school this spring. Now she won't be there. So I'll be packing my things and leaving Oklahoma to go to college elsewhere and one day be a writer and I have no intentions to ever return here. I have no doubt that people like you will incite crazy people to build more bombs and kill more people again. I don't want to be here for that. I just can't go through that again.

You may just see me as a kid, but let me try to teach you something. The old saying is sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Well, your words hurt me. Your words disrespected the memory of my mom. Your words can cause others to pick up sticks and stones and hurt others.

Sincerely

Tucker

http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=4756

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MonkeyFunk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 10:51 AM
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1. Wow...
thanks for that.
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 11:06 AM
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6. I can't wait until these kids start legislating.
They are about the last hope I have for all the wrongs to be righted.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 10:54 AM
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2. Sally Kern is the one who needs to be packing up her shit and dragging
Edited on Thu Mar-13-08 10:55 AM by AndyA
her sorry, stinking ass out of the state.

She is not a Christian woman. Real Christians do not judge or hate others. This woman is full of seething hatred.

Go away, Sally Kerns. OKLAHOMA DOES NOT WANT PEOPLE LIKE YOU.

What an incredible letter. People like Tucker assure me there is hope for the future.
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 11:24 AM
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8. It looks like Human Rights Campaign is trying to raise awareness.
http://www.hrc.org/9068.htm

That letter is something else, isn't it? Tucker must be one amazing kid.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 10:57 AM
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3. I pray that about a million copies of this kid's letter is sent to the email of the
'honorable' Congresswoman, Sally Kern ([email protected])
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 10:59 AM
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4. Check this out from the comments:
HRC would like to talk to Tucker (0.00 / 0)
Elizabeth, the Human Rights Campaign would like to speak with Tucker regarding his very moving letter. If he is willing, you can contact Cristina Finch at [email protected]
Thank you!

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by: cristina finch @ Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 09:18:50 AM CDT
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 11:01 AM
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5. Huge k/r!
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 11:41 AM
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9. Thank you.
:hug:
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justinaforjustice Donating Member (519 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 11:12 AM
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7. Everyone in the World Should Read Tucker's Extraordinary Letter Against Hateful Intolerance.
Thank you so much for publishing Tucker's letter to Oklahoma State Representative Kern protesting her cruel intolerance. Tucker has eloquently demonstrated the profound impact that so-called Christian intolerance had upon his life when his mother was killed in the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing by a right wing "Christian" terrorist as well as the awful impact the similar religious and homophobic intolerance has had on the gay students he has gone to school with. He is an eloquent writer and a beautiful soul. His mother would be extremely proud of having such a son. Tucker, we need people like you in elective office!
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 11:56 AM
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10. You're absolutely right.
And thanks for giving me another lump in throat. I'm at work and I refuse to cry in front of my co-workers.

And welcome to DU!

:hug:
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 12:23 PM
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11. Thanks for sharing this beautiful letter. I hope Sally Kern learns something from it.
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 01:07 PM
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12. Thanks for the link.
I should have included that in my OP for context.

Oh, and as far as those "death threats"...

http://www.queerty.com/kerns-death-threat-exaggeration-20080313/
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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 01:08 PM
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13. I hope Ellen Degeneres sees this letter and reads it on her show.
She tried to call this stupid woman on air, but her voice mail was full. Her voice mail should be full, and if she were a true Christian, she would resign for the good of Oklahoma.
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 01:22 PM
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14. Let's get Ellen to have the boy on the show!
And have him give Kern a phone call!

http://ellen.warnerbros.com/show/respond/?PlugID=10
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 06:25 AM
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23. I just sent the link to the letter to the "Ellen" show with your excellent suggestion!
Thank you! :-)
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 10:24 AM
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27. Thank you!
I sent mine yesterday.

:pals:
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 06:15 AM
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22. .
Edited on Fri Mar-14-08 06:25 AM by terrya
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 07:38 PM
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15. Kick.
For those that may have missed this gut-wrenching letter.
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Peace Teacher Donating Member (62 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 08:52 PM
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16. My heart goes out to Tucker...
Tucker is a bright spot in our nations future.
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JackBeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-13-08 09:41 PM
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17. My voice cracked a few times tonight
As I read Tucker's letter to my husband.

And yes, Peace Teacher, he is a bright spot for our future.

Welcome to DU!

:pals:
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 04:13 AM
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19. Sadly there are thousands of Tuckers all accross the country
Hopefully most of them are as bright as Tucker.
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 12:43 AM
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18. K & R
:patriot:

:kick:
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barbtries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 04:27 AM
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20. that was a great letter
she'll have a hell of a time trying to argue with the points this writer brings up. i bet his mom is so proud of him today.
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 06:14 AM
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21. What a powerful letter. Recommended
Edited on Fri Mar-14-08 06:15 AM by terrya
I don't know if Sally Kirn would be moved by it, though. She sounds like a rather heartless person.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 07:04 AM
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24. recommend
:applause:
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AnotherMother4Peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 07:52 AM
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25. Wow - what a wise young man. Recommended n/t
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MagickMuffin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-14-08 08:01 AM
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26. Thank you Tucker for a powerful and thought provoking letter
and thank you JackBeck for posting it.

I read the article and can't believe that monster of a woman claims it was taken out of context. She has no place making judgments on a class of people. Because it also says in the bible that no one can pass judgment, except for their God.

She's also the wife of a baptist preacher. Maybe she should also reconsider her biblical teachings and stay at home and be subservient to her husband.


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