Oklahoma is not the state cheerily depicted in the Oscar and Hammerstein musical. Oh, sure, there's plenty of corn, but in all the time I've spent in Oklahoma, I've never seen a barn dance, nor a surrey with the fringe on the top. Curly, where have you gone?
Curly's gone and opened up an anti-abortion clinic, it turns out. On a return trip to Oklahoma, I ran into a physician who had found the Lord and decided to practice medicine on the basis of religious authority instead of scientific research. The trouble was that he didn't bother to tell any his patients about his conversion to medieval medicine.
There's a shadow upon Oklahoma, to be sure. Fear grips the citizenry. Oh, not fear of fundamentalist extremists of the kind who blew up the Federal Building there a few years back. No, the people of Oklahoma have been thrown into a tizzy by the threat of foreigners, and atheists, and rampant lesbianism - and the Republican political elite in Oklahoma is encouraging their fears.
Luckily, there are some minds that have remained free of fear, and can still tell the difference between a food fight and fire and brimstone. There is a beleaguered yet defiant progressive minority in Oklahoma. They're fighting hard to defend freedom and knowledge against the onslaught of the fundamentalist right wing.
We created this page of progressive resources for Oklahoma because we want to help the progressives of Oklahoma in their struggle. We're looking for help in expanding out listings, so if you know of any progressive candidates, information resources or organizations in Oklahoma that we don't have listed here, let us know and we'll consider including them in our growing index.
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