Monday, July 03, 2017

Mark Herring's Opponent for AG is a Right Wing Zealot

Herring's opponent would set Virginia back by decades
Virginia has been on the wrong side of history many times since its golden era during the founding years of the nation.  Support for slavery and going to war to protect the institution is one such blot of Virginia's history.  So to are the Jim Crow laws which saw Virginia lead the way in steadily taking away the rights of black voters and, hand in hand with those laws was the "Massive Resistance" movement to close down public schools rather than integrate them with all races.  Then of course, there was Virginia ban on interracial marriage that had to go to the United States Supreme Court twice before the court in disgust overturned the Virginia Supreme Courts rulings supporting the ban in Loving v. Virginia.  When he took office, Attorney General Mark Herring did not to repeat that foul history by defending Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.  He also has shown an adversion to Virginia Republicans' efforts at voter ID laws aimed at disenfranchising minorities and other likely Democrat voters. 

Herring's opponent in the 2017 statewide Virginia elections, Republican John Adams is the polar opposite of Herring.  He supported the ban on same-sex marriage and has stated that "“I have a religious faith that tells me that marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. That’s what I believe.”  He also supports voter ID laws that have little or nothing to do with perverting voter fraud, but which instead , as noted above, are aimed at stopping "those people" from voting, so draw your own conclusions as to whether "racist" applies to Adams.  The Richmond Times Dispatch has a lengthy piece on Adams which should make your blood run cold if you are not a heterosexual, white conservative Christian. As you might guess, he is also big on "religious freedom" laws - laws that allow Christian extremists to ignore non-discrimination laws based on alleged "religious belief." His vision of religious freedom does NOT include religious freedom for gays, Muslims, Hindus or other non-Christians despite his posturing  And yes, he supported the toxic Hobby Lobby decision (he worked on the case for Hobby Lobby) and counts as friends a who's who of right extreme wing Republicans.    Adams is so toxic that the haters at The Family Foundation must be having near orgasms. 

Ironically, his campaign website has a section called "Defending Our Valuers."  A quick read makes it very clear that "our values" are white Christofascist vales.  Do NOT sit out this election.  Mark Herring must be re-elected.  Having John Adams as attorney general would be nothing short of a disaster and would reprise the insanity of when Ken "Kookinelli" Cuccinelli held that office.  We do NOT want to go backward in time.

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