Virginia’s Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Believes the Democratic Party is a ‘Coalition of the Godless’

The Virginia Governor’s race is already shaping up to be incredibly expensive and polarizing, pitting former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe against Tea Party darling (and textbook conservative Christian) Ken Cuccinelli.

Ken Cuccinelli (via Politico)

It’s easy to list off the things Cuccinelli has said/done that should discredit him in the eyes of any rational person:

But the race just got more interesting on Saturday after Bishop E.W. Jackson was nominated as the Republican Party’s pick for Lieutenant Governor.

What’s wrong with Jackson? Well… it turns out he has a long history of saying (and likely still believing) crazy things about the LGBT community.

But most relevant to this site is what he said about the Democratic Party on April 1, 2010, when he announced the formation of the STAND AMERICA PAC:

The Democrat Party’s commitment to abortion, homosexuality and moral relativism is an affront to the values of the black Christian community. It is a ‘Coalition of the godless.’ Black Christians do not belong in a ‘coalition of the godless,’ and should not vote for those who are.”

Ah, yes, the Coalition of the Godless that, just last year, voted to stick God back in the party platform

I would love it if the Democratic Party truly represented atheists, but they don’t. Not even close. President Obama may have given us a little bit of lip service, but he still expanded the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. (Jackson, of course, finds it a “joke” to call Obama a Christian.)

If the Democrats are the Coalition of the Godless, where are our representatives? The current Congress boasts not a single open atheist.

If the Democratic Party is a Coalition of the Godless, they certainly don’t brag about it and we’ve chosen them only because they’re the lesser of two evils.

McAuliffe has his flaws, but Virginia has two major reasons not to vote for the Republicans in the upcoming election and they’re both at the top of the ticket.

(Thanks to Scott for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Kengi

    Don’t forget that Ken Cuckcoocinelli became famous for trying to prosecute a climate researcher for coming to the conclusion that the climate was warming. And then there was his initiative to change the seal of Virginia to eliminate the bare breast of Virtus.

    The guy’s a real nut.

  • Jasper

    “Believes the Democratic Party is a ‘Coalition of the Godless’”

    That’d be great!

    • SeekerLancer

      I know right? Where can I sign up for this mythical version of the Democratic Party?

    • baal

      Were they actualy active in pushing secularism, they’d have my enthusiastic support (door knocking, whole 9 yards). Instead, they get my vote more often than not based on a least harm analysis.

      • Anthony Edwards

        Ditto

  • JWH

    McAuliffe is no great shakes either. He’s more or less a fundraiser who decided to become a politician, and he seems to have minimal connections to Virginia.

    I am not a happy voter this year.

    • Willy Occam

      Now you know what it’s like to live in Texas *every* year… each Dick Armey and Phil Gramm we get rid of is eventually replaced by a Louie Gohmert and Ted Cruz.

  • JET

    Their definition of “godless” is “not in favor of a fundamentalist Christian theocracy.” Therefore, anyone who worships a different god or considers themselves secular, whether atheist or religious, is “godless” in their narrow perverted minds.

  • A3Kr0n

    So, what do citizens do when there is no reasonable option in government? What have citizens done in the past in these situations?

    • Baby_Raptor

      Vote for the least evil option. It does happen; prior to what the Conservatrolls like to crow, not everyone who voted for Obama thinks he’s the bee’s knees. He was just by far the lesser of two evils.

  • Jeff

    I wish very dearly that the national Democratic party were *half* as secular and liberal as they’re painted to be by Republicans.

  • Kingasaurus

    Jackson used to co-host a radio talk show in Boston many years back. He was pretty “out there” back then, not sure if his views have become more retrograde or if time has fuzzied my memory of what he used to talk about.

    In any case, he had a liberal co-host whose name escapes me, so his views were challenged, at least.

  • DougI

    Looks like I’ll be sending a donation to that fucktard’s opponent.

    • http://boldquestions.wordpress.com/ Ubi Dubium

      Thanks, but we still have a primary election coming up to decide who that will be. (We have two apparently sane and intelligent candidates for the Democratic nomination, either of whom would be just fine, as far as I can tell.) You could donate to McAuliffe now, or just straight to the Democratic Party in Virginia. Either of those would help!

  • Gus Snarp

    Well, at least Virginia isn’t quite as regressive politically as one might think. They’re kind of weird politically. These clowns will probably take most of the state geographically, but the DC area, Richmond, and Tidewater area will go the other way. Politically it’s really a matter of turn out in Virginia. Even those urban areas are surprisingly mixed, politically speaking. The Tidewater has lots of military personnel as well as Regent University, but then it’s got the beach people and the normal urban mix. Then Richmond has the usual urban mix, but a fair mix of people who are basically rural in character. These two may be so abhorrent that they get another Democratic governor this time around. One can only hope. I have a lot of friends in Virginia, most of whom will vote D, and I really hope they don’t end up saddled with Cuccinelli.

    • Alix

      I really hope they don’t end up saddled with Cuccinelli.

      Every sane person in this state is hoping the same thing…

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    You forgot Cuccinelli has argued publically for a law that would make blow jobs illegal. Mind you not just dirty-truck-stop-blow-jobs, but good-christian-wife-and-husband-once-every-seven-year-blow-jobs.

    When asked if the ban would apply to Cunnilingus as well, Cuccinelli replied, “What’s that?” Mrs. Cuccinelli could not be reached for comment, other than a heavy sigh and a forlorn stare.

    • Lurker111

      “good-christian-wife-and-husband-once-every-seven-year-blow-jobs”

      It’s once every 9 years. Get your facts straight.

      Sigh.

  • BobaFuct

    If the Cooch gets elected, I admittedly would be tempted to start a movement to un-retrocede Arlington County back to DC…or better yet, we could become our own state. Arlingon/Fairfax/Alexandria would keep the name Virginia, and the rest could become Jesusland or Christlandia or whatever

  • jdm8

    It’s not true, but even if it were, it’s not a bad thing.

  • sk3ptik0n

    Who did the piss poor photoshop job on Bishop E.W. Jackson photo? Or is that a halo?

  • Jim Charlotte

    I still don’t understand why African Americans cling to the religion of the slave owners. Christianity ordained their slavery and empowered their slave owners, and to this day Christianity oppresses African Americans. Reject the religion of slavery and free your mind.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Macker/518709704 Brian Macker

      Christianity is also a slave religion. That’s the beauty of religion. It is self contradictory and you can pick an choose what suits your tastes. They don’t even attempt to be consistent like say the libertarians.

      • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

        Libertarian values are as consistent as baby shit.

  • Baby_Raptor

    Seriously…Is there a single right that the conservatives don’t want to take away from people other than the right to be a fundamentalist Christian?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Macker/518709704 Brian Macker

      The right to free shit forced from other people isn’t a right. The right to an abortion is quite debatable under many circumstances. Equal rights for gays is something that even Bill O’Reilly gets.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Macker/518709704 Brian Macker

    I’m a rational person. Why should the statement “Medicare is despicable” be discrediting? There are plenty of valid reasons for taking this position, both moral and economic. He actually provided one. It is your job as a rational person to show where he is mistaken.

    The government is justified in forcing people to pay for things when there is a free rider problem. With the military there is a case that one benefits from national defense whether or not one pays for it. The rationality of this extends to the fact that we only feel justified in taxing our own citizens to pay for our military. We never try to make foreigners pay because they can’t free ride on our own defense. If we defend against an invasion from Canada, that doesn’t help the Chinese (nor the Canadians).

    There is no comparable claim that can be made with medical care. You do not directly benefit from my heart operation. Nor is my heart operation something I want you to be invested in because then you would have credible reason to question how much I decide to spend. Normally, in a free society, how much you can spend on medical care depends on how responsible you are (did you buy insurance) and how hard (or smart) you worked to provide things other people want. You can then weigh for yourself whether you want the cheap or expensive operation. You had the option of living in a tiny apartment all your life, working hard, and paying large premiums for world class insurance (even if you are not very smart or didn’t earn much for other reasons).

    With medicaid all that really matters is if you can organize your special interest group to a) bribe or b) outvote the people from which you want to free ride upon. What did you ever do to earn the vote? What did you ever do to earn the subsidy you got from the government which you now divert to bribes and influence (aka campaign donations, AARP dues, lobbying fees)?

    Sure Medicaid is sold as if it is an insurance scheme but that is a fraud. It is heavily subsidized to the point of being a ponzi scheme (despicable).

    So unlike defense taxation which is meant to resolve a free rider problem the medicare system does the opposite. It creates and exacerbates a free rider problem. Private insurance schemes under a free market system do not have this problem

    I’ve just scratched the surface here. Medicare screws the young in favor of the old, screws doctors, screws taxpayers in general, raises medical costs, and on and on. Also Medicare is just one of many such despicable schemes the government runs at once, including ones being run by government sponsored entities, and sanctioned private institutions like banks, and rating agencies.

    Although one such scheme may not bankrupt the government, once you set the principle in place that such free rider schemes are allowed, then they proliferate. Soon you have the situation in Italy, France, Greece, etc. You eventually run out of other peoples money.

    Nothing could be more rational than thinking that medicare is despicable both morally and economically.

    • Guest

      I see all sorts of typos and I should have proofread. My apologies.

      • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

        You could have replaced the whole thing by simply saying, “If they can’t afford bread, then let them eat cake.”

        “Private insurance schemes under a free market system do not have this problem….” Do me a favor, try to get a price quote for a sixty-five year old with Crohn’s disease. If you can find a single insurance company that will touch you, then we’ll talk about the benefits of a private insurance scheme and of the free market.


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