The Governor is at it again.

Never one to “let a crisis go to waste,” Governor McAuliffe seized upon the tragedy of Charlottesville as another opportunity to push an ideological agenda that seems to always end with people of faith holding the short straw. Last week, the Governor issued Executive Order Number 69 “Establishing The Commonwealth Commission On Diversity, Equity And Inclusion.”

In a statement released with the Order, the Governor prefaced the move by stating: “In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, it is important for the people of Virginia to have an honest discussion about what we can do to combat hatred and violence and continue our work building a Commonwealth that is open and welcoming to everyone.” We agree. But then, the statement takes a turn that reveals the Commission’s true purpose:

“Created in the wake of the violent white supremacist events on August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, the commission will be charged with assessing how hatred and discrimination against racial minorities, religious groups and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals led to those tragic events.”

Typical of today’s Left, this characterization conflates the issues by attempting to equate the civil rights movement against racial injustice with the more recent campaign to normalize a long train of deceptions about human sexuality. But of course, these issues could not be more different – both in substance and in historical experience.

Among other things, the Order charges the Commission with:

  • Identifying any Virginia laws, regulations, and agency procedures that perpetuate racial, ethnic, or religious intolerance or divisions, as well as recommending changes in law that can better promote tolerance and diversity.; and
  • Identifying and recommending ways to partner with non-governmental organizations working to promote a culture of diversity and inclusion. Such organizations shall include nonprofits, foundations, and faith and community organizations.

Given that the Governor has a history of using executive orders like this to discriminate against individuals and organizations of faith, we have to wonder: Will this administration allow all religious viewpoints to have a seat at the table on the Commission, or just those that affirm a certain ideology about religion and sexuality?

Well if we have anything to do with it, The Family Foundation will be there speaking on behalf of the rights of all people – not just some.

The Order also tasks the Commission with compiling a final report to “be submitted to the Governor no later than November 15, 2018.” Given that Terry McAuliffe will be long gone by then, it seems pretty obvious this is little more than political pandering. Though is it clear that certain prejudices should always be condemned when they fail to respect the value and dignity of all persons who have been created in the image of God, including racism in all its forms, the Governor’s latest Commission on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” gives us no indication to believe that’s what it’s actually designed to do.