Private Business

In response to an inquiry whether the Washington Redskins should change their name, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stated, "I’m not in the business of telling private business what to do." That’s interesting. After all, this was Governor McAuliffe just a few weeks ago proudly standing by and supporting the president's signing of an executive order telling private businesses, including faith based organizations, that they could no longer conduct business with the federal government if they "discriminate" against LGBT people.

McAuliffe at Signing

O.K., maybe Governor McAuliffe meant to say, "I’m not in the business of telling private business what to do [unless it is receiving taxpayer funding]." Nope, that can’t be it. After all, the Commonwealth of Virginia ponied up at least $4 million dollars in state funds to lure the Redskins' training camp to Richmond.

Maybe the President's executive order is the exception to the rule. Nope, that can't be it either. After the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that the federal government overstepped its bounds by telling a private, closely held family business that it was required to violate its conscience and provide certain forms of abortifacients as "contraception." Rather than celebrate the Supreme Court's decision for preventing government from telling a private business what to do, he expressed disappointment and regret at the decision.

We just wished the governor's stated philosophy would apply to less trivial matters than the name of a professional sports team.