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Who Will Save Your Soul?

3:00 AM EDT on March 14, 2008

In closing out Sally Kern Week, I wanted to promote this idea originally posted by Joel David of NewsOK.com. Originally, I had intended to go overboard by coaxing anyone who knew a cross dresser, or was willing to be one for one Sunday morning to get out to Olivet Baptist Church (1201 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106) for worship (service begins at 10:50).

Then, after seeing Ellen Degeneres' heartfelt and classy response, I thought better. Pastor Steve Kern and his homophobic state representative wife would probably enjoy such a spectacle as support of their pick-and-choose philosophy of biblical interpretation. What would be better is if anyone, gay or otherwise, just attended the service peacefully. Just quietly sit in the pew wearing your Sunday best, perhaps making small talk with the other parishioners during fellowship time. Then, when Pastor Steve begins his spiel prior to passing the plate, just stand up and file out quietly--unless you really want to sing "We Shall Overcome" (in which case, the regular churchgoers would at least give you credit for not choosing a showtune).

On the other hand, if you have already purchased your Osama bin Laden costume and prepared your sign saying "Hey, at least I'm not gay" then go ahead and stand outside the church. Just make sure to send us pictures.

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