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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Oklahoma Republican U.S. Senator James Lankford, who was director of youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center for a decade, said in a 2010 deposition that he believed a 13-year-old could consent to sex. "Yes, I think they can," Lankford told a lawyer for a girl who family sued a 15-year-old who had sex with her at the Baptist youth camp.

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... he believed a 13-year-old can consent to sex....

Does the Constitution explicitly say that he cannot?


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-25 06:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Derp.

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-06-25 07:05 PM | Reply

Not with an adult they can't.

Thankfully he wasn't talking about that.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-25 07:34 PM | Reply

Does anyone think the groomer nonsense isnt partial projection?

They want to be able to sexualize and have sex with girls that are jail bait now.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2022-06-25 08:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#1 ... Not with an adult they can't.

Thankfully he wasn't talking about that. ...

And you know that... how?

His comments in the cited article do not seem to place that restriction on his assertion.


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-25 09:08 PM | Reply

@#3

Yup.

That thought has been in the back of my mind for a while.

Given all the past projection of the GOP, this Senator's comments are striking, to say the least.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-25 09:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Lankford told a lawyer for a girl who family sued a 15-year-old who had sex with her"

Ftr I could be wrong.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-25 09:39 PM | Reply

@#3

thx for the follow-up.

While I'll say his comments were ambiguous [understatement] regarding what he really thinks, in this instance, the case does seem to be rather specific.

thx.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-25 09:52 PM | Reply

I can't think of any other circumstance where that phrase doesn't set off alarms.

If he's found to use that kind of talk in another circumstance holy crap we've got a Roy Moore situation.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2022-06-25 10:10 PM | Reply

@#5 ... I can't think of any other circumstance where that phrase doesn't set off alarms. ...

Yeah.

I do not disagree.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-06-25 10:52 PM | Reply

There's a lot of projection going on in this thread. So the context of both being teenage minors less than two years apart in age doesn't matter at all?

In some states, both kids would have been charged with a crime.

#11 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-06-26 05:07 AM | Reply

James "Double-Digits Good to Go" Lankford.

#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-06-26 06:21 AM | Reply

OK, Groomer.

#13 | Posted by anton at 2022-06-26 07:26 AM | Reply

The quick snippet on this article says it all:

Oklahoma Republican U.S. Senator James Lankford, who was director of youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center for a decade, said in a 2010 deposition that he believed a 13-year-old could consent to sex. "Yes, I think they can," Lankford told a lawyer for a girl who family sued a 15-year-old who had sex with her at the Baptist youth camp.

Emphasis mine of course. Talibaptists trying to get themselves out of hot water.

#14 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-06-26 11:21 AM | Reply

The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, and although there is an exception in the law for minors between the ages of 14 and 17 who have sexual contact, there is no provision under which a 13-year-old could consent to sex.
More "law and order" from the party of perverts.

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2022-06-26 11:30 AM | Reply

A 13 year old can have sex. That has been proved many times over the last 10,000 years. But legally? they cannot consent at least not for a while now, in the US. Horny teens are a feature of teendom. The biologic imperative is fully operational. Should they? NO, Will they? YES. Just keep the youth pastors and adults away. Get sex education and birth control legal and readily available.

#16 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2022-06-26 05:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Just keep the youth pastors and adults away."

It sounds like that was part of the problem. FTA:
"And then, the real lack of oversight, generally speaking, in all other matters," she added. "It was absolutely due to the fact that there's just not enough adults around."

"Get sex education and birth control legal and readily available."

So you want to hand out condoms and birth control to kids while saying they can't consent. Talk about contradictory, mixed messages.

#17 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-06-26 07:17 PM | Reply

"So you want to hand out condoms and birth control to kids while saying they can't consent."

^
"Abstinence only education," which is effectively telling kids they can't consent, isn't effective at preventing unwanted underage pregnancies.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-06-26 07:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Lankford is trying to excuse his comment by pointing out that he is not an attorney.

Here in okc the local paper featured this story today, probably as a way to call to the attention of the populace that their elected representative is either an idiot or complicit in child abuse. Given the general lack of education in Okiehomie the article was probably too subtle for the readers.

Lankfords TV ads state that he wants to do the right thing in the right way. Not really ...

#19 | Posted by catdog at 2022-06-26 09:52 PM | Reply

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