Saturday, March 06, 2010

First they came for the gays...

What the heck in going on in Virginia?????

Augusta Free Press:

“It is my advice,” reads a March 4 letter from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed to “Presidents, Rectors, and Visitors of Virginia’s Public Colleges and Universities,” “that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ’sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender expression,’ or like classification, as a protected class within its nondiscrimination policy, absent specific authorization from the General Assembly.”

In a single letter, Cuccinelli is “turning back the clock on civil rights in Virginia,” Roanoke Democratic State Sen. John Edwards said on Friday.....

.....According to the ACLU, gays and lesbians are protected against governmental discrimination by the U.S. Constitution.....

Is the Virginia Attorney General insane? What is he planning to do once he has protections off of gays? Does he want to arrest them?

In reading this story I thought of the writing by Martin Niemoller (found at Wikipedia):

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Perhaps we should update the poem for Mr. Cuccinelli and the state of Virginia:

First they came for the gays, and I did not speak out - because I was not gay....

Virginians cannot allow their Attorney General and others within their state to trample on the civil rights of their fellow citizens. It isn't right and it is against the law.