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Did You Feel the Earth Move? Feeling Reclaimed Yet?

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) Did you feel the earth move? The fourth annual Reclaiming Oklahoma for Christ conference was held Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University. (1) For more details you can go to its website at

I attended the Saturday morning session and judging from the program, once was enough. The same speakers were there for both sessions and spoke in reverse order from Friday. Why not entice the star-struck, adoration-starved featured speakers with two audiences and get the most for your speaker fee? I've seen enough of show business from the performer's side of the stage to spot the hams right away.

For me, the take-away from the four hours of sitting through well-practiced, shop-worn speeches is this: There are a good many people who are ill-educated, brainwashed, and plain scared that an acknowledgment of diversity, regardless how that word is framed, will be considered by their god to be a turning away from the "natural truth".

Over and over was repeated the mantra that the chosen have always been a minority against the ungodly majority, but with perseverance to their god's power to do "everything", and with sufficient physical effort on their part, The Remnant (their word, not mine) will triumph as it did in Old Testament Days. The Remnant are the true minority patriots as I wasn't able to spot a single person of color or non-Anglo birth.

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I got the impression that by physical effort they did not mean putting their hands on tools of agriculture and industry, but rather putting their hands on some rather deadly products of industry. Now that I've attended one of the far right's inspirational conclaves on a prominent college campus, I'm not surprised that progressive churches, health clinics, and national museums are attacked by inspired followers.

The military-style theme of the morning, complete with repetitiously expectant music, a la "Jaws", was "Many have Underestimated" with a montage of war images of American military involvement around the world from colonial to the present day, though there was nothing I could identify as Vietnam since that war was a resounding failure and would refute the power of the god of "everything".

Curiously interspersed with the photos, were paintings of Washington crossing the Delaware and praying in the snow, the latter painting particularly remarked on as factual by one speaker, Janet Porter, as if the painter were guided by the heavenly hand, just like the bible was dictated by the heavenly voice to the earthly stenographer. ( , )

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In attendance and acknowledged from the podium were 5th District Congresswoman and governor candidate Mary Fallin; Oklahoma legislators included Senator and governor candidate Randy Brogdon, Senator and lieutenant governor candidate Todd Lamb, Rep. Sally Kern, Rep. Paul Weselhoft--all Republicans.

If you're interested in public library censorship, pro or con, Carolyn Cornelius, vice-chair of the Oklahoma County Metropolitan Library System was spotted in the audience. ( )

Anita Bryant of orange juice and beauty queen fame was there Friday night. You DO know she lives in Edmond and has an office in Bricktown, an entertainment district in Oklahoma City? ( )

For me the biggest bang for the buck came from Peter LaBarbera, a professional homo-hater, as were all of the four speakers, who insisted that Christians are nicer to homosexuals than the Muslims because Christians only want to love homosexuals, not kill them like the Muslims do. (You can always spot the amateurs from the professionals because professional homo-haters never use the word "gay"; it's always "homosexual" in order to make us sound like a disease and that's the sense I have used the word in this article.)

Further points that were popped out by LaBarbera in his scattered, shot gun style of delivery--

1) Gay--excuse me, homosexual--propaganda is protected by the media and this is proved by the falling of moral standards, the promotion of Pride Parades, and the annual National Day of Silence ( ) where supportive, '"brainwashed" students are encouraged to hand out homosexual propaganda and not talk during the school day.

2) Gender confusion can be caused by momentous events happening in your life such as the loss of a parent, especially the father, in early childhood or your parents giving you a name such as Gene or Jean, that has a homo-phonic sound even though spelled differently. Get it? HOMO-phonic?

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3) Oprah promotes deviance. Oprah comes from Chicago. Obama comes from Chicago. Chicago has a Pride Parade. Ergo, deviance comes from wherever Oprah and Obama are from. Ergo, deviance is defined by whatever Oprah and Obama happen to like.

4) Comparing homosexual family love with Christian family love is a perversion and telling children such things is psychological abuse.

LaBarbera loves to read to his audience the naughty bits he's gleaned from his research, which he then thoughtfully makes a big show of self-censoring because there are children in the room. And now I know who GOPer Rep. Sally Kern parrots for her speaking style.

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