The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, October 20, 2005

It's good to keep a hard man down.

The mysterious Cipher helps me indulge in one of my favorite vices: schadenfreude over religious hypocrisy (but takes me to task for it at the same time, leaving me feeling conflicted).

[T]he Republican candidate for Attorney General, Bob McDonnell — who has earned the nickname “Taliban Bob” for his obsession with sodomy and his gay-baiting of a woman (Newport News Circuit Judge Verbena Askew) he suspected of being a lesbian — once employed a pedophile as his campaign manager! That’s right, McDonnell’s former top aide, Robin W. Vanderwall, was convicted on July 26, 2004, for “attempted indecent liberties with children.” According to the Virginian-Pilot.

Ironically, Vanderwall was a third-year student at Regent University Law School when he was arrested for attempting to have sodomy with what he thought would be a 13-year-old boy (but turned out to be a police officer ready with handcuffs). Regent, of course, is the school founded by Pat Robertson “to provide exemplary education, from a biblical perspective…embodied in the person of Jesus Christ, and enabled through the power of the Holy Spirit. Soli Deo Gloria.” Apparently, it didn’t work in Vanderwall’s case.

The best thing about the story is that this guy didn't get to destroy the lives of any children. Hooray for police busts of pedophiles!