A lieutenant for the Stockton police in California has been put on paid administrative leave, after he wrote a letter to a newspaper speaking very much against the recent US Supreme Court ruling in favour of same-sex marriage.
His letter, which comes across as very brazen due to the fact that he included his full name and rank, reads as such:
“‘For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness … For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due (Romans 1:18, 26-27).’
The Word of God is going forth with striking clarity and Divine accuracy. 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.
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.
We are living in a time when the institutions ordained by God, marriage and family, which provide the very bedrock for civilized society, are being dismantled before our very eyes; and when marriage and family are dismantled, the nation that dismantles them will not stand.
Whoever speaks out against this blatant debauchery and dares to take a stand for the truth, will find themselves standing alone. But those who are willing to stand alone for the truth will find that God stands with them.
Toby Will Lieutenant, Stockton Police Dept.”
Naturally, this letter quickly gained a lot of attention, and also got a very fast response from his colleages at the Stockton police department. Will himself recognised that writing this letter could end badly for him in his original correspondence to the newspaper: “I feel very strongly regarding this issue. Much (not all), but much of the media leaves the public with the sense that this recent turn of events is being embraced by the broader public, as well as most spheres of professional society. This is not the case; and I would just like to be one voice, as a lieutenant of a moderate sized police agency that makes it very clear that I operate from a biblical world view, not a pop-culture one.”
However, it seems even his fellow policeman disagree with his view, as the spokesperson for the department Officer Joe Silva that that Will “does not speak for the Police Department, and regarding his use of his police position, it is under administrative review.”
Police Chief Eric Jones also echoed this in a separate statement.
They aren’t the only ones genuinely dismayed by this, this letter has even drawn responses from people like Renee Hall, chairwoman of the Pride Center board of directors, who said that while everyone has the right to express their beliefs there is a “fine line, especially when you are a police officer. How can you be a police officer when you don’t believe in the law? How are you going to be able to do your job? Are my wife and my child going to feel comfortable calling the Stockton police knowing he is not wanting to help us?”
Renee’s wife, who represents Stockton in the California Assembly, was also troubled by the letter: “I think Lt. Will has put the city of Stockton and the Stockton Police Department in a very uncomfortable position in that he insisted that his title be used and going on record that he does not believe in the law. It is doubly sad that he insisted to be identified with one of the best police departments in the state of California.”
“I think he crossed the line when he started using language like vile and debauchery. As far as being representative of the city, as an LGBT person, if I see a letter like that signed by a public official, I would be appalled and I don’t know if I would want to spend my money in Stockton.”
This letter has drawn quite a bit of response from readers, too, with a good amount condemning his letter but also has many showing their support as well. Click here to read them.