The Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia is caught in the Dark Ages according to a graduate thesis he wrote. Being he was 34 at the time and consequently tried to legislate 10 of the 14 key points while in the state legislature this exposure of his extreme, fringe views on sexuality and women’s rights is exploding this race open. Bob McDonnell says contraception should not be permitted for unmarried women (he says nothing about unmarried men) because he thinks working Moms are a detriment to society.
McDonnell wishes to legislate people’s sex lives and wishes to impose a theocratic imposition of Biblical laws on Virginia. This means he does not believe in democracy and wishes to have a theocracy. This is a huge issue. Rick Santorum holds the same beliefs for example. McDonnell thinks women should NOT get equal pay for equal work, women’s reproductive rights would be criminalized, victims of rape and incest would have no right to abortions and favors covenant marriages. McDonnell went to evangelical Regent College, Pat Robertson’s school for extremists. Though trying to dismiss the thesis as ancient history this man needs to wake up from the Dark Ages himself. He was 34 years old and used his time in the House of Delegates trying to turn these beliefs into law.
“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.
“Further expenditures would be used to subsidize a dynamic new trend of working women and feminists that is ultimately detrimental to the family by entrenching status-quo of nonparental primary nurture of children,” he wrote.
It is time Virginians rejected as history these Medieval beliefs and delegate McDonnell to the Dark Ages cave in which he should reside.