April 30, 2010
Virginia’s Catholic Governor Declares Entire State Is Christian
Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia today went against the Jewish Federation communities of the Commonwealth, his own legislature, and State Police Superintendent and declared that Virginia was an officially Christian state and that the police should be mandated to pray to Jesus. Attached article relates how Jewish residents object to the Governor’s actions.
- “It leads us toward unnecessary religious clashes, demeans our Commonwealth’s Jeffersonian principles and creates an unwelcoming environment for the Commonwealth’s Jewish citizens and other religious minorities,” six representatives of the groups wrote. “A final concern is the likelihood that revisiting this guidance would ultimately lead to litigation costly to our Commonwealth.”
- Reverend Clark Lobenstein told the Governor: “… we can think of no better way to live together peacefully and respectfully in our pluralistic society than to ensure that all religious faiths have the right to flourish without government-sponsored interference or preferential treatment.”
So much for that pro-job creating, moderate elected by Virginia last year.
“We are obviously thrilled that Governor McDonnell has fulfilled his campaign promise to restore the religious liberty rights of state police chaplains,” said Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia. “His action reverses the discriminatory policy of the previous administration and ensures that chaplains can remain true to their faith at public events.” as reported by the Washington Post.
It is obvious that if Gov. McDonnell made these campaign promises to the Family Foundation of Virginia and the Virginia Christian Alliance, then he was lying when he told the rest of the state in interviews and debates that what he wrote while seeking degrees from Pat Robertson’s Regent University was not his current thinking or how he would run the state if elected. It is exactly how he is running the state, i.e., as a homophobic, anti-semitic, misogynist, religious extremists.