Atheists Give Cuccinelli an "F" and McAuliffe an "A" in VA Gubernatorial Candidate Scorecard

Washington, DC-- The Secular Coalition for America today released its 2013 Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Scorecard for the upcoming special election -a guide for secular-minded Virginians on the candidates.

The scorecard grades the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian candidates vying for the state's top spot on November 5:

  • Republican, Kenneth Cuccinelli, received an "F"
  • Democrat, Terry McAuliffe, received an "A"
  • Libertarian, Robert Sarvis, received an "A"

The candidates were scored on their public answers to four topics relating to separation of church and state issues:  

  1. What role would religion play in the candidate's decision making in his or her role as a U.S. Representative?  Does the candidate support a mutual separation between religion and government?
  2. Does the candidate support a science based curriculum in public schools and reject the use of public funding of religious schools or religiously-based curriculums?
  3. Does the candidate support social policies that do not discriminate based on religion, such as marriage equality?
  4. Does the candidate support scientifically based regulations including science surrounding reproduction?

"From education, to science in the public sphere, Cuccinelli's policy views exemplify everything that stands in the way of a religiously neutral government--he even attempts to insert his religious views into Virginians' private bedrooms," said Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America. "The separation of religion and government affects all of us in a positive way--including protecting the religious from having another's brand of religion imposed on them. Cuccinelli is a threat to that most basic American value."

The Secular Coalition recently established a state chapter in Virginia-one of 51 chapters across the nation. For more information on the Secular Coalition for Virginia visit http://states.secular.org/states/virginia.

 

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