In the face of evil one does not have the option of neutrality.
That’s why yesterday I joined hundreds of folks, including inter-faith clergy, at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, to stand in solidarity with Jay Ipsen and the entire Jewish community who were being targeted by the hate squad from Westboro “Baptist” Church of Topeka, Kansas.
How ironic then that later that day a subcommittee of the Virginia House of Delegates defeated SB 66, a bill to provide protections to LGBT people in state government employment. And even more ironic is the fact that the office of Governor Bob McDonnell said he had no position on the bill.
Our governor, normally straightforward, seems to be playing hide and seek on this issue. First, he says a governor can’t ban discrimination by executive order. He is consistent there, as his own executive order carefully eliminates the protections put in place by Governors Warner and Kaine.
He also says he will not discriminate in his office. Good.
But, then he punts on SB 66. If it is important not to discriminate in the Office of the Governor, then surely it is important throughout state government.
Why are you hiding, Bob?