Ken Cuccinelli

Reality Check: A reminder of why we are forced to fight for equality.

Ken Cuccinelli is intellectually irrelevant. According to the Virginia attorney general and 2013 gubernatorial candidate;

My personal beliefs about the personal challenges of homosexuality haven’t changed … When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I
believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of
their soul.

Aside from his bigotry, Cuccinelli cannot construct a coherent sentence. Should the people of Virginia elect him as their givernor, shame on them.

The reason that Cuccinelli says these stupid things is his need to have his reality conform to scripture.

A literal interpretation of the Bible suggests that homosexuality is a grave sin. Therefore, God could not possibly have created gay people. Ergo, homosexuality must be behavior in contrast to sexual orientation. Therefore, homosexuality is just a bad habit.

Sometimes this simple underlying rationale gets lost in the equality equation for fear of offending devout Christians. This is not going to change anytime soon. Some of these people have been fighting Evolution (for pretty much the same reasons) for a century. Some of our oppressors stridently insist that the earth is only 6,000 years old and they claim that they even can prove it. Indeed, much of the resistance to climate science is based on religion.

While the Catholic Church has evolved on things like Evolution they really don’t believe that gay people exist. It took a century or two for the Church to figure out that Copernicus was right so don’t hold your breath for them to accept the science on sexual orientation.

The solution is not to tell people of faith that they are stupid.

The question that I have for Cuccinelli — and all the Cuccinellis out there — is not very complicated. “I respect your religious beliefs. Can you set them aside as a motivation for civil law?” Is someone like Cuccinelli willing to say that the Establishment Clause does not mean what is clearly means?

The bottom line is that we will never win a debate over religion. As both a consultant and senior executive I did a considerable amount of sales training. I was very good at it. I tried to impress upon sales people that you cannot make objections go away. A good sales person attempts to alter perspectives. That is precisely what we do when we are successful. We ask people to measure benefits contrasted with concerns.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.