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Monday, July 21, 2008

Governor Tim Kaine invites State Employees to listen to a BIGOT

Posted by MAXIMUS

Tim Kaine is out of line. He thinks he is above reproach.

Today, Monday, July 21, 2008, Governor Tim Kaine will allow Julian Bond to speak and participate in the unveiling and dedication of the Civil Rights Memorial on the grounds of the Virginia Capital Square. In fact, Governor Kaine has named Julian Bond a Honorary Co-Chairman of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial. The dedication of a Civil Rights Memorial is to be commended. The participation of Julian Bond at this Official State sanctioned event is to be condemned. Why?

Who is Julian Bond? He is presently the Chairman of the NAACP and he is a history professor at the University of Virginia. What bigoted statement did Julian Bond say about his fellow Americans who happen to be of a different political persuasion?

On February 1, 2006, Bond made the following statement at the Fayetteville State University in North Carolina: "The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side." Link to the story here:

A Bigot is defined as a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion. Julian Bond is a bigot who, at the invitation of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, is going to speak at a State sanctioned event in the Commonwealth of Virginia on July 21, 2008. Governor Kaine sent out the below email to state employees inviting them to attend an event with where Julian Bond has a role as a Honorary Co-Chairman. This is unacceptable. But as Tim Kaine would say, "What are you going to do about it?"

Obama's National Campaign Co-Chairman is actively dividing Virginian's with the inclusion of Julian Bond at today's state sanctioned event. Is this change we can believe in? Tim Kaine is encouraging state employees to listen to a bigoted speaker. Pathetic. Read this email from the Governor himself:

July 18, 2007

Dear Valued State Employee:

The Commonwealth of Virginia has played a pivotal role in our nation's history. From the birth of our country over 400 years ago, Virginians have always been in the forefront. Virginia's contributions are illustrated throughout history, and the fight for integration in the schools has left an indelible mark on our nation.

It is time we honor the Virginians who were committed to this fight for civil rights. On Monday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. at the northeast corner of the Capitol grounds in Richmond, you will have the opportunity to be part of history as we unveil and dedicate the Civil Rights Memorial.

I hope you will join me and the Honorary Co-Chairs Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP; Nikki Giovanni, acclaimed poet and distinguished professor; Blair Underwood, actor, director, and producer; and members of the legislature as we honor Virginia's civil rights pioneers.

I encourage you to attend this historic occasion.

Timothy M. Kaine

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