A Stockton police lieutenant — seeking to use the authority of his position within the department — insisted that a local paper include his name and title in a letter to the editor excoriating the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage for “legitimizing of homosexuality.”
According to News10ABC, Lt. Toby Will, a 25-year veteran of the police department included a note with his diatribe insisting that the paper include his official title within the department while recognizing it may have a deleterious effect on his career.
“As a lieutenant in a moderate-sized police agency, I would like to be one voice that makes it very clear I operate from a biblical world view, not a pop cultural one,” Will wrote in a note attached to his rant. “Though this may have a negative impact on an otherwise impeccable police career, I earnestly request that you print what I write.”
In his letter to the public, he began by quoting Romans 1:18, writing, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”
In his own words he wrote, “Man’s rebellion, ungodliness, and unrighteousness in rejecting the truth in order that he may live according to the vile and sinful passions of his corrupt heart is going to be met with the wrath of God.”
Will then attacked the Supreme Court, writing, “When the highest court in the land ignores, twists, and misinterprets that governing document that was framed out of a noble and healthy respect for God and His word, and when the highest office in the land publicly declares the legitimizing of homosexuality to be a great victory for the nation, you can be sure that God is giving that nation over to its own destruction.”
Openly gay Stockton Assemblywoman Susan Eggman criticized the cop for his comments, saying she “choked on her coffee” when she read it.
“When you need to call 911, you should feel safe that the person who responds is there to support you no matter who you are,” Eggman said.
In a statement to the media, Stockton Police Department spokesman Joe Silva said Will “doesn’t speak for the department and his use of the police title is under administrative review.”
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