McDonnell hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet and his allies on the extreme right have already put him in an interesting situation. While he was on his talk show “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson declared we have been “covering up what Islam is.” He then went on to claim that Islam isn’t a religion but is instead a “violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination” and that we should treat Muslims “as we would members of the Communist Party or members of some fascist group.”
What Robertson appears to be blatantly ignoring in his attempt to spread hatred of a group of people is the plain and simple fact that vast majority of Muslims don’t support the actions of the shooter at Fort Hood. As with the rest of America, they find the shootings to be absolutely horrifying and were extremely disappointed in the fact that someone would even try to use their peaceful religion to justify such disgusting behavior. In other words, Muslims are peace loving people and it’s simply inappropriate to blame an entire community for the actions of one individual who acted alone.
The questions now becomes whether or not Bob McDonnell should be held responsible for the comments that Pat Robertson made. While he might not have made the hateful comments, McDonnell is so closely associated with the extreme right and Pat Robertson in particular that he should make a public statement saying that he doesn’t support Robertson’s comments. After all, the preacher has said similar hateful comments in the past on several occasions and yet McDonnell has accepted over $100,000 in campaign contributions from Robertson and has appeared on his television show.
Of course, this also brings back McDonnell’s thesis in which he argued, among other things, that working women are “detrimental” to the family. The reason this is brought up again is the plain and simple fact that McDonnell wrote the thesis while attending the school run by Robertson’s organization. His blueprint for governor was therefore laid out during the time that he was studying at a school that was supposed to promote Pat Robertson’s agenda. Since McDonnell has followed so much of the blueprint that he laid out in the thesis and Robertson has donated thousands upon thousands of dollars to his political career, it shouldn’t be too surprising that people now want McDonnell to distance himself from Robertson’s remarks. If he decides not to do so, then people should feel free to draw their own conclusions about the motivations behind his decision.
(h/t Blue Virginia)