Senator Frank Shurden had the following letter published in the Tulsa World this week:
( Published in the Tulsa World - 1-05-03)
"First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me."
-- The Rev. Martin Niemoeller, a Protestant pastor in a German church and a concentration camp survivor of the Holocaust of World War II.
No, I am not a fan of cockfighting.
No, I have no financial interest in any game fowl.
No, I have not received any money from the Game Fowl Breeders Association or any of its members.
Yes, I am a hunter, a fisherman, a cattleman, a fan of rodeos, livestock shows, circuses and zoos.
Yes, if I live (my life has been threatened by animal rights zealots), I will continue to fight and speak out for the rights and freedoms of the minority because I know that my rights and freedoms and yours are next. Frank Shurden, Henryetta
Frank Shurden is a Democratic state senator from Henryetta.
The thought of the Nutty Senator from Henryetta putting on the cloak of persecution and comparing his cockfighter/gambler buddies to the Jews of the Holocaust is both outrageous and pitiful. People who pit animals against each other in forced fights to the death for entertainment and gambling are not deserving of either support or pity. Pornographers get as much sympathy from me.
Frank Shurden is a sad and pitiable case. An embarrassment to the state and its people. He is also a dangerous person that has, most regretably, been empowered by his district to wreck havoc on democratic principles and make a laughing stock of Oklahomans.