David Clemens forgot to wipe his public Facebook profile clean before running for North Dakota State Senate.
That’s how we know that the Republican candidate in West Fargo’s District 16 believes “America is on the decline” because of gay people, or as Clemens calls them, “sodomites.”
When Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage in 2013, Clemens wrote, “It is not marriage because marriage is between a man and a woman but that is what they like to call his union of same sex partners. I suppose it makes them feel less guilty to put themselves under the word ‘marriage’ rather than living together outside of ‘marriage.’ ”
Clemens continues, “Churches in Minnesota (and elsewhere) have recognized sodomite (homosexual) clergy for some time so now the sodomites can be married by the sodomites. After the wedding the clergy and the wedding party will now go their own way with their same sex partners. Sorry, I am not condemning them; Chapter 1 of Romans does this as the Word of God. But there is forgiveness offered to all who would repent in Jesus Name. Amen.”
In 2015, Clemens wrote that “America is on the decline” because of churches allowing gay and lesbian clergy:
“It is a sad day when churches such as the United Church of Christ (UCC), Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Presbyterian Church (USA) are ordaining homosexual men and women into the ministry. This will only worsen as sinful behavior only leads to deeper sins.”
He continues, “Some Lutheran churches are now praying a Goddess Prayer and praying to the Mother within us. Evidently the churches have entered into an argument with God and have proclaimed themselves the winner of the argument.”
The next state legislature will likely be voting on a bill that, if passed, would protect people from discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The same bill came up last year, but was killed by the Republican majority.
Clemens is running against the Democratic incumbent Tyler Axness. We reached out to Clemens, Axness and the state Republican and Democratic parties and will update if we hear back.
UPDATE: North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party spokesman Daniel Tick writes us: “The comments posted by David Clemens on his personal Facebook page as recently as last year are offensive, hurtful and wrong. Our elected officials should represent all members of our community, and that includes our friends, neighbors and family members who are part of the LGBTQ community. The Dem-NPL is always proud to stand alongside all North Dakotans regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
A couple state legislators also weighed in. State Sen. George B. Sinner (D-Fargo) writes, “Very unfortunate that people still think like this. The public should now know why we need non-discrimination legislation.”
House Rep. Jon O. Nelson (R-Rugby) writes, “I certainly do not agree with Mr. Clemens comments.”