Downstate Civil Unions Foe Predicts America's Doom: 'Open Homosexuality'

12/03/2010 02:24 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ignorance is the great engine of human misery, the fertile field where its fruit, hatred, grows in all its awful forms, from the first human, crouching on a dark savannah, screeching terrified defiance at a shape silhouetted on the horizon, to Rep. Ronald Stephens, rising to his feet in the Illinois House, blaming "open homosexuality" for the fall of Rome.

"If you look at the sociological history of societies that have failed," said Stephens (R-Greenville), "what are some of the commonalities? One of those is that open homosexuality becomes accepted."

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