Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Virginia AG Cuccinelli not so Virtuous in Cover-up.

If you thought John Ashcroft was friggin' crazy, then you haven't seen Virginia's AG
Ken Cuccinelli. Little needs to be added to the text of this article. And you thought Republicans were all about jobs, jobs, jobs.
The Richmond Times Dispatch: The armored breastplate seen and heard around...
Ken Cuccinelli's coverup of the bare-breasted state seal launched a lot of jokes, but Mike Williams says it's symptomatic of a serious encroachment of religion into government.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued lapel pins to his staff with an altered version of the state seal that covered the exposed left breast of conquering Roman goddess Virtus, or Virtue, with an armored breastplate.

It became painfully obvious that there's no virtue, beyond the comedic, in treating a classical image like smut. After a round of national ridicule, Cuccinelli pulled the pins yesterday.

"It takes a real filthy mind to find a state seal arousing," joked local attorney David Baugh, after news of Cuccinelli's pin broke over the weekend.

Cuccinelli had seen and heard enough. "This is simply a media-made issue that has become distracting to the work of my office. I am going to end this distraction by discontinuing future use of the pin."

Cuccinelli advised Virginia's colleges and universities against protecting gays and lesbians against discrimination. And just last week, Gov. Bob McDonnell rescinded a Virginia State Police directive ordering its chaplains to keep prayer nonsectarian.

It's easy to get the sense that little happens in Virginia without Christian fundamentalists -- the Family Foundation, Liberty University or Regent University -- delivering their seal of approval.
That sort of outsized influence is no virtue. This encroachment of religion into government needs constant exposure.

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