Magazine article The American Prospect

Gov. Bob Mcdonnell's Other Defenses: Of Misunderstood, If Lesser-Known, Virginian Commemorations

Magazine article The American Prospect

Gov. Bob Mcdonnell's Other Defenses: Of Misunderstood, If Lesser-Known, Virginian Commemorations

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"The Confederate History Month proclamation issued was solely intended to promote the study of our history, encourage tourism in our state ... and recognize Virginia's unique role in the story of America."--Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, defending a Confederate History Month proclamation

ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY MASSACRE WEEK

Clarification: My statement celebrating the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre was not meant to be supportive of the 1572 mass killing of Huguenots in France. It was intended only to promote the study of Catholicism and Protestantism, two wonderful strains of Christianity in our wonderful state, to recognize and enjoy Virginia's religious diversity and to stir up deep and sometimes long-suppressed sectarian feelings.

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POL POTLUCK

Clarification: The proclamation was intended solely to pay tribute to the everybody-pitch-in, BYO spirit that permeated Cambodia in the 1970s when it operated without a currency. We celebrate the tasty variety of foods that Cambodians have concocted for Virginians and the Year Zero gusto that they bring to everything they do.

IKE TURNER WEEK

Clarification: This commemorative week was intended to celebrate only the formidable musical and managerial skills of a great performer. …

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