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August 31, 2009

IF YOU LIKED SARAH PALIN, YOU'LL LOVE ROBERT MCDONNELL

Amy Gardner, Washington Post - At age 34, two years before his first election and two decades before he would run for governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell submitted a master's thesis to the evangelical school he was attending in Virginia Beach in which he described working women and feminists as "detrimental" to the family. He said government policy should favor married couples over "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators." He described as "illogical" a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.

The 93-page document, which is publicly available at the Regent University library, culminates with a 15-point action plan that McDonnell said the Republican Party should follow to protect American families -- a vision that he started to put into action soon after he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

During his 14 years in the General Assembly, McDonnell pursued at least 10 of the policy goals he laid out in that research paper, including abortion restrictions, covenant marriage, school vouchers and tax policies to favor his view of the traditional family. In 2001, he voted against a resolution in support of ending wage discrimination between men and women.

In his run for governor, McDonnell, 55, makes little mention of his conservative beliefs and has said throughout his campaign that he should be judged by what he has done in office, including efforts to lower taxes, stiffen criminal penalties and reform mental health laws. . .

"Leaders must correct the conventional folklore about the separation of church and state," he wrote. "Historically, the religious liberty guarantees of the First Amendment were intended to prevent government encroachment upon the free church, not eliminate the impact of religion on society."

He argued for covenant marriage, a legally distinct type of marriage intended to make it more difficult to obtain a divorce. He advocated character education programs in public schools to teach "traditional Judeo-Christian values" and other principles that he thought many youths were not learning in their homes. He called for less government encroachment on parental authority, for example, redefining child abuse to "exclude parental spanking." He lamented the "purging of religious influence" from public schools. And he criticized federal tax credits for child care expenditures because they encouraged women to enter the workforce. . .

3 Comments:

Blogger scott said...

Yet, these are the choices we are offered here in Virginia. Ho hum..........another election.

August 31, 2009 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things like the separation of church and state are important to separate fundies like this from those that don't believe as he does.

I'm not saying McDonnell is bad. I am saying that he has no right to make the U.S. into a Theocracy. As I might complain if someone tried to make Sharia law into the law-of-the-land here.

Here in the U.S. we should be able to take the 'best' of everything to make our lives better. And that does not include opening our laws up to the contentious world of religion with all the various interpretations and sects.

Repugs should be outlawed.

-DaTheorist

August 31, 2009 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Another lunatic RC fundy, courtesy of Wojtyla and the Rat.

Beliefs like his, that attack the Constitution's church/state barrier, should be a statutory bar to public office because they guarantee the Believer is lying --or demented-- when swearing to defend that same Constitution.

For the same reason, things like Scalia and Thomas should be impeached, convicted, removed from office, and disbarred, because their belief systems fly in the face not only of the Constitution but of a thousand years of hard-earned social protection from the whims of the powerful.

September 1, 2009 11:46 AM  

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