In a last-ditch effort to sway voters away from Virginia 's GOP ticket, the Washington Post unleashed a stinging op-ed against Ken Cuccinelli, the pro-family candidate for state Attorney General. Desperate to get its dig in before next Tuesday, the Post lashed out in "Mr. Cuccinelli's bigotry," an article that tried to paint Ken's conservative social views as "an embarrassment to Virginia." According to the Post, Cuccinelli's biggest crime is describing homosexuality as "intrinsically wrong." In an interview with a local paper, Ken also said, "I happen to think that [homosexuals] represent... behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society."
The Post's hostility is mind-boggling when you consider that Cuccinelli's statement happens to be true, given the data on the health risks of homosexual conduct. As for his personal faith, if the editors believe that Ken's views disqualify him from public office, then he's not the one practicing bigotry. The dictionary defines it as "stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own"--something that more accurately describes the Washington Post's attack than Cuccinelli's comments.
Unfortunately, this editorial is as good an illustration as any of the direction the homosexual agenda is taking us--toward simply silencing any criticism of homosexual conduct. It's a new liberal standard where people (and politicians) are no longer entitled to their own opinions unless they're shared by the radical Left. These activists are intimidating people easily now, but soon they'll have the force of the federal government on their side through "hate crimes" laws, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and other policies.
If we don't work quickly to stop them, there will be no end to the persecution of principle. Sadly, this is a possibility that Mainers understand all too well. As they fight to preserve marriage, the other side is going to great lengths to terrorize conservatives. Just yesterday, we learned that one of Stand for Marriage Maine's allies, Don Mendell, has come under attack by homosexuals who have requested that his counseling license be revoked--simply because he appeared in an ad defending marriage. And if Question 1 loses, Don won't be the first victim. That's why next Tuesday is so important. In the end, these elections are about more than protecting marriage. They're about preserving free speech and religious liberty. Don't let the opportunity pass by without a fight!