It's not just the thesis he wrote eight years ago; there is no evidence that Bob McDonnell has given up the religious-right positions that he sharpened at Pat Robertson's Regent University.
Do you know who runs Regent? Pat Robertson is both president and chancellor--it's his school. Do you know who uses that university to produce young, attractive religious right-wingers like McDonnell, since he couldn't get elected himself? Pat Robertson. Do you think Pat Robertson is an "ordinary educator" who promotes America's Four Freedoms? If you say yes, are you ready to buy land in Virginia's Dismal Swamp?
Pat Robertson believes he is called by God to run America, and he's now seeking to fulfill that mission through surrogates like Bob McDonnell.
Many of America's founding documents were written in large part by Virginians--Jefferson, Madison and Mason spring to mind--but rest assured that Pat Robertson is a different kind of Virginian, one who opposes the main tenets of all of these documents, especially those having to do with freedom from religious control of our government.
Some see Pat Robertson as having an "Ayatollah complex," combining religion and politics in his view of what's best for America. That view is based on Pat's religion and Pat's politics, of course.
McDonnell is a product of Pat's system, and you will never hear him deny that. Perhaps he subscribes to the thesis, "Touch not my beloved," meaning here that Pat is anointed by God, and woe be to anyone who disagrees with him. That view is widely believed at Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network--and at his Regent University.
Thus the question is not about a thesis McDonnell wrote years ago, it's about his right-wing thesis for Virginia today, supported and reinforced by Pat Robertson. We'd better all do our homework. And let us remember the advocacy of pluralism from a non-Virginian, All-American founder, Ben Franklin: "In a world that was then [as, alas, it still is now] bloodied by those who seek to impose theocracies, he [Ben Franklin] helped to create a new type of nation that could draw strength from its religious pluralism" (Walter Isaacson in Ben Franklin: An American Life).
I offer these words in the spirit of the reason of Jefferson and the pluralism of Franklin.
Nov 3 2009 - 5:53pm