Just a day after the 150th anniversary of one of the most important speeches on human rights in American history was delivered by America's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln's Illinois became the 16th state to make same-sex marriage legal.
It got better for Illinois.
Then the local sales rep from the Cult of the Red Beanie (tm Charles Pierce) opened his piety hole and made himself look like a fool:
Paprocki exorcism marks same-sex marriage bill signing
By Lauren Leone-Cross
The State Journal-Register
The head of Springfield’s Catholic Diocese presided in front of several hundred people Wednesday night at the city’s largest Catholic church to perform what he described as an “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage.”
Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s ritual at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception began about half an hour after Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, making Illinois the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Paprocki opened up the services quick to defend his actions from critics who have decried the exorcism as a “political stunt.”
“I wish to preface my reflections by saying that I am conducting this prayer service and am speaking to you now with great reluctance,” he told the gathering. “I did not seek to enter any controversy, and I don’t relish being part of one. But I have given this matter a great deal of thought and prayer, which has led me to the conviction that God is calling me to speak out and conduct these prayers.”
Paprocki was also quick to condemn champions of same-sex marriage, including lawmakers and gay and lesbian couples.
“Since the legal redefinition of marriage is contrary to God’s plan, those who contract civil same-sex marriage are culpable of serious sin,” he said. “Politicians responsible for enacting civil same-sex marriage legislation are morally complicit as co-operators in facilitating this grave sin.”
After his homily, Paprocki read the rite of exorcism in Latin.
“I exorcize you, every unclean spirit, every power of darkness, every incursion of the infernal enemy,” he began. “Every diabolical legion, cohort and faction, in the name and power of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Meanhwhile, outside, dozens of same-sex marriage supporters stood with signs. And across town, several other clergy and faith leaders celebrated the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act’s passage.