"Virginia’s governor-elect Bob McDonnell is showing his Pat Robertson stripes," says Bob Johnson, who posts at blog called the Tampa Design Examiner.
McDonnell is examining a directive that keeps state police chaplains from making public prayers that name a specific diety. McDonnell’s spokesperson is quoted as saying, "The governor-elect is a strong supporter of religious liberty and the right of religious officials to freely practice their faiths, unimpeded by government. He is reviewing the directive from that perspective."
McDonnell is a graduate of Pat Robertson’s Regent University and a right-wing Christian. Robertson’s brand of evangelism includes such by-now classic declarations like hurricanes and tornados are "the birth pangs of a new order" prophesied in the bible.
Johnson decries what he calls McDonnell’s "true desire to corrupt America into a theocracy."
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