Sad day for passage of gay marriage bill

November 6, 2013 

It was a sad day for this already decaying, rotting state when elected officials chose to send a message to the God of all creation, that they know best what is marriage rather than he. Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. Has there not already been enough reproach on this corrupt, bankrupt state?

I commend those six Democrats and Republicans in the metro-east who had the courage to stand their ground and vote righteously on this ill-conceived lie known as same-sex marriage. Regarding Rep. Jay Hoffman. whom I and members of our ministry visited on Feb. 20 at his office in Springfield, I can only conclude that he has denied the Catholic faith that he so proudly claimed. "I'm a Catholic," he proudly proclaimed, "a practicing Catholic." What I see is a practicing hypocrite who hasn't the courage of his convictions. Our opinions may be negotiable; our convictions ought never be, for they define who we are.

I am most thankful to the African-American Clergy Coalition in the Chicago area and to Pastors Danny Holliday and Chris Clegg, as well as those from our area who fought the good fight for decency and family values. Regarding the cowardly, hireling pastors who sat on the "stool-of- do-nothing" as our state is further plunged into the abyss of sin and confusion: May God have pity on their miserable souls. These are those who ran when the wolves pursued.

Nolan Clayton

Belleville

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