Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell, campaigning to be governor of Virginia, is also a scholar. The Republican lawmaker has Masters and Law degrees from prestigious Regent University in Virginia Beach, that fount of learning founded by Rev. Pat Robertson. The hallowed halls of Regent U. produced all those bright, ethical young people who ran the G.W. Bush Justice Department and the gloriously successful U.S. occupation government of Iraq.
Mr. McDonnell, whose television ads and website courageously omit the fact that he is a Republican, wrote a Master’s thesis at Regent U. (then called CBN, after Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network) entitled “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade.”
Mr. McDonnells’s 93-page document was so compelling that Regent awarded him two degrees, one in law, the other in public policy. The thesis called for criminalizing sale of birth control devices to unmarried people, government policy that favors married couples over “cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators,” and said working women and feminists are “detrimental” to the family. The thesis advocated injection of Christian doctrine at all levels of government.
Of course, McDonnell was just a kid when he wrote the thesis. He was only 34 years old.
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