Virginia’s Atty. Gen. Prefers XXX State Seal Have ‘PG’ Rating

May 2, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Has the State of Virginia become a national embarrassment, since the election of far right-wing Governor Bob McDonnell and his crew of extremists? It certainly seems like it. Now, the latest news from the state for lovers, is attorney general Ken Cuccinelli’s aversion to the bared breast depicted on Virginia’s official state seal, as well as the state flag. The puritanical tea partier, birther, homophobe and global warming denying attorney general, recently made his own ‘PG” version of the state seal on lapel pins, with the offending bare breast covered with a breastplate.

In just a few short months, both McDonnell and Cuccinelli have been subjected to well-deserved national mockery and condemnation. McDonnell removed protections for gay workers in state jobs, attempted to roll back voting rights for non-violent felons by imposing a written essay requirement, harkening back to the Jim Crow era of literacy tests and he issued a state proclamation honoring the Confederacy, without mention of slavery. When criticized, he responded that slavery was not “significant” enough to be included. Then, Ken Cuccinelli, ordered state universities to stop protecting gay students, claiming the schools lacked the legal authority to ban discrimination based on sexual preference.

Now, Cuccinelli is once again targeting the very important issues that affect Virginians. He has decided that the official state seal depicting “Virtus, the Roman goddess of virtue, with a bared left breast is rated XXX. The official seal was designed in 1776 by George Wythe; a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. He chose a two-sided design depicting a female warrior, after a victory, personifying the Roman virtue of Virtus. She is shown holding a long spear and a sword, standing with her foot on the chest of a defeated Tyranny:

“The seal depicts the Roman goddess Virtus, or virtue, wearing a blue tunic draped over one shoulder, her left breast exposed. But on the new lapel pins Cuccinelli recently handed out to his staff, Virtus’ bosom is covered by an armored breastplate. When the new design came up at a staff meeting, workers in attendance said Cuccinelli joked that it converts a risqué image into a PG one.”

Cuccinelli’s puritanism evokes conservative Bush attorney general John Ashcroft, who “spent $8,000 on blue drapes” to cover two nude classical statues at the Justice Department.

University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato told the Virginian Pilot that Cuccinelli should not be surprised at the mockery, for making a change to the state seal to cover up an image of classical art. “When you ask to be ridiculed, it usually happens. And it will happen here, nationally,” he said. “This is classical art, for goodness’ sake.”

Cuccinelle’s order telling universities to stop protecting the rights of LGBT students, also received mockery from Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.”

Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein, acknowledged the lapel pins show a “more modest attire,” but added that Cuccinelli did not use taxpayer funds for the new design, sans a bared left breast.


Comments

2 Responses to “Virginia’s Atty. Gen. Prefers XXX State Seal Have ‘PG’ Rating”

  1. Mike on May 3rd, 2010 10:52 pm

    Religious (edited out) are going to be the death of the United States of america!!

  2. Alyssa on May 4th, 2010 4:55 pm

    Mike,

    Its not religion that will be the death of us, remember God made us without clothes. Adam and Eve were naked. Its close-minded people that will be the death of America.

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