College of William and Mary

Governor McDonnell's Executive Directive

Late Wednesday afternoon, amidst growing tensions on college campuses, Governor Bob McDonnell issued a "Governor’s Directive," ordering those in the executive branch not to discriminate in their hiring practices (see here). His directive specifically referenced "sexual orientation." Governor McDonnell issued his directive in an apparent effort to ease the hostile atmosphere on our campuses and in the General Assembly. Four years ago, then-Attorney General McDonnell challenged Governor Tim Kaine’s executive order that added sexual orientation to the anti-discrimination policy, saying he didn’t have the authority to do so. It is still unclear exactly what legal weight, if any, a directive has, but media reports indicate that it does not have the same force of law of an executive order.

Much of the anger among college students has been generated by those who are supposed to be in authority at those schools — college presidents and administrators — who have criticized the advisory letter Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sent them last week. The letter stated that public colleges and universities with anti-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation are in conflict with state law. Instead of providing leadership, the college presidents and administrators have provoked anger and outrage with inflamed rhetoric.

A media backlash also was fed by heated and often mean-spirited rhetoric by a handful of General Assembly members, including Senator Donald McEachin (D-9, Henrico) who, in a floor speech earlier this week, referenced Governor McDonnell’s graduate school thesis, yelling on the Senate floor, "We are being governed by the thesis!" Joining in the daily diatribes were Delegate David Englin (D-45, Alexandria) and Delegate Joe Morrissey (D-74, Henrico). It was often insinuated that anyone who disagrees with adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination policy is hateful and bigoted. But truth has been difficult to find in this debate.

In addition, some legislators made the outrageous claim that, without a non-discrimination policy that included sexual orientation, Virginia is not "business friendly" and would not be able to attract new jobs. But several publications and organizations currently recognize Virginia as the best state in America to do business without having this policy.

Nonetheless, yesterday morning, Senator Tommy Norment (R-3, Williamsburg), in a clear conflict of interest as an employee of the College of William and Mary, one of the colleges expressing outrage over the AG’s letter, amended an economic development bill introduced by the Governor with: "The Commonwealth of Virginia maintains an ecumenical atmosphere in its sexual orientation hiring policies in the private and public workforce."

Besides being a bizarre statement, it is a frightening overreach into the private workplace, which would include religious-based ministries and churches. Fortunately, on the floor of the Senate — because of the Governor’s directive — Senator Norment removed his amendment from the bill.

The Family Foundation has and continues to maintain that there is no need for special protections for homosexuals. As the issue was thoroughly debated and voted on multiple times throughout this year’s General Assembly, no evidence of discrimination was presented.

We absolutely agree with one statement in Governor McDonnell’s directive — that state employment should be based on "qualifications, merit and performance," regardless of one’s immutable or unimmutable characteristics.

Over the next several days, we will consult with experts to determine the legal ramifications of this directive, but we are concerned when the Governor’s action is being heralded as a step forward by the ACLU and the state’s largest homosexual lobby, Equality Virginia (Pilot on Politics).

In a statement, Kent Willis of the ACLU said, "We hope this is only the beginning, and that the Governor's example will inspire legislators to finally pass a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in both private and public sector employment."

Any thought that the groups and organizations behind this effort will stop at public employment is naive. It is very clear that they want to force private businesses — including churches — to abide by their morality.

More On The Tea Parties

As you well know, in 1773, colonists gathered to dump imported tea into the Boston Harbor to protest the British government's oppressive tax system that allowed for no direct representation. At the Boston Tea Party, determined colonists stood against the expanding British authority and said no more! Expanding government authority . . . sound familiar? Are you tired of bailouts, stimulus packages, endless national debt and increasing subsidization? Do you practice financial responsibility and watch those who do not get rewarded by the government? Along with many other Americans, are you frustrated by our government reaching its hand out to take far more than it needs?

If so, join thousands of Americans on Tax Day, April 15, at your local Tax Day Tea Party to express your frustration over our out of control government and its redistributive economic policies. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, Libertarian, conservative or liberal, all are welcome in this stand against unrestrained government. This true grassroots movement is spreading with Tea Parties planned across the nation.

While those who gather will not be throwing crates of tea into a harbor, many of the Tea Parties will feature speakers, patriotic activities, music and welcomed audience participation. Below is a list of confirmed Virginia Tax Day Tea Parties. Visit the national Web HQ, TaxDayTeaParty, (click here) for more information, to RSVP, or to volunteer.

Virginia Tax Day Tea Parties: (Click here for a Virginia specific Web site. All parties scheduled for April 15 unless otherwise noted.)

Abingdon Time:  5:00 p.m. Location: TBD Information: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=75478635585

Charlottesville Time: 3-6:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Mall by the Pavilion Information: http://vateaparty.wordpress.com

Franklin County Time: Noon Location: In front of the Franklin County Courthouse (40 E. Court Street in Rocky Mount) Information: http://franklincountyteaparty.blogspot.com

Lynchburg Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Lynchburg — Waterfront Information: www.lynchburgtaxdayteaparty.blogspot.com

Northern Virginia Shenandoah Valley Time: Noon Location: Front of Old Frederick County Courthouse Old Town Walking Mall, Winchester

Peninsula/Newport News Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: Oyster Point City Center Fountain Plaza in Newport News Information: http://newportnewsteaparty.wordress.com

Reston Time: 6-8:00 p.m. Location: Lake Anne Village Center (1609 Washington Plaza)

Richmond Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Kanawha Plaza, South 8th St. (near Federal Reserve Building) Information: www.richmondteaparty.com/ Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndr_vK0akAM

Roanoke Time: 5-7:00 p.m. Location: Wiley Drive (near footbridge to old Victory Stadium)

Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: Virginia Beach Town Center Fountain Plaza Information: http://taxdayteaparty.wordpress.com/, http://budurl.com/hrteaparty   College of William and Mary/Williamsburg (April 11) Time: April 11, 1-2:15 p.m. Location: Crim Dell Amphitheater at the College of William and Mary

First Prostitutes And Porn Stars, Now W&M Hosts Child Porn Photographer

College students on spring break notoriously scram from campus this time of year to places warm in temperature and hot in activity. Televised scenes from Florida, Texas and Mexican resorts and beaches aren't always the most wholesome. The "Girls Gone Wild" videos come to mind. But if you're looking for the good times on the cheap, our very own College of William and Mary is doing its part to keep your costs down in this sour economic climate — and using parents' tuition money to do so. After all, why spend $1,275 in the classroom, for legitimate co-curricular or extra-curricular and fulfilling activities, or scholarly exhibits, when you can bring in child porn?

Naive to think tuition money should actually go to academics? What do they expect at W&M? After all, it has made the news for all the wrong reasons in recent years, as host of the infamous "Sex Workers' Art Show" (here), an exhibition that includes performances by strippers and prostitutes.

That show is about to make a return campus engagement. But now the College is complementing that smut with something called "The Century Project" which may sound academic or historic, but don't be misled.

Starting today, "The Century Project" will be on display for one week in W&M's Muscarelle Art Museum, although "art" would be a generous term. Created by a former Newsweek and Life photographer, Frank Cordelle, and invited to the College this year by a senior who herself posed nude for Mr. Cordelle when she was 17, "The Century Project" displays photographs of naked women from birth to age 94 (hence "century"). 

Many of the photographed women have been through traumatic situations including breast cancer, rape, abuse and anorexia, and pose naked for this project to somehow mentally "conquer" their past and to promote a "healthy alternative to the way in which women are represented in the media."  

Now that's an ironic touch. The media is dominated by colleagues of Mr. Cordelle who share his liberal mindset, whether news media or entertainment media. So who exactly is he blaming? Besides, it's people like Mr. Cordelle who ridicule as "backward" media and entertainment that portray women as wholesome and in traditional roles.

But Mr. Cordelle has a dual agenda, because the most disturbing aspect of "The Centruy Project" are the photographs of girls from birth to age 17, which are blatant child pornography. He rationalizes that the pictures of naked minors are not overtly sexual and thus are legal, claiming, "the entire female life cycle . . . doesn't begin at age 18" and admits that his photographs are "a valuable tool for sociopolitical purposes." 

Huh? Here's another irony: Aren't liberals supposed to be "for the children"? How is this anything but exploitative and damaging to children? Which is the brazen side here and why should parents unknowingly have their money used for an admitted political purpose? Of course it's difficult to attack such a cryptic political purpose, no matter how bizarre or exploitative. So we'd like to know what exactly about female minors imparts a political statement that he needs to display naked photos of them? What is W&M and its administration trying to say — or sanction?

First, removing the Cross from Wrenn Chapel and whitewashing history and faith, then turning the campus over to the porn industry, and now to child porn. Maybe Key West isn't the worst option this spring break after all.