Who says no one will read your college or university thesis? Robert F. McDonnell, Republican candidate for Governor in Virginia, is now wishing that he had chosen a simple paper on the life and times of Thomas Jefferson. Instead, as a masters student at Regents University, he wrote a thesis against government policies favoring “cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.” He also denounced as “illogical” a 1972 Supreme Court decision legalizing the use of contraception by unmarried couples.
While the thesis was over twenty years ago, McDonnell was a 32-year-old graduate student at the time, he now insists that his views have changed and he is presumably now closer to a nineteenth or even twentieth century mindset. The thesis was entitled “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of the Decade.” For a copy of the paper, click here.
McDonnell, 55, did not appear materially different in his views in the state system where he appeared to carry out the political agenda described in the thesis.
He received a bachelor’s in business administration at the University of Notre Dame in 1976, and he received a master’s in business administration from Boston University in 1980. After serving in the Army and a brief stint with a health supply company, he moved his family from Kansas to Virginia Beach and enrolled in what was then called CBN University — founded by Pat Robertson and named for the Christian Broadcasting Network. It later became Regent University.
Regent’s motto is “Christian leadership to change the world.”
This is precisely why I have destroyed all of the copies of my university thesis: “The Efficiency of Using Humans as Food Stuffs: The Case for the Lions.” Even worse was my law review article: “Eating the Rich: How The Most Wealthy Americans are High in Fiber and Nutrients.” I want to make clear that my views have changed over the years and I no longer openly advocate human extinction policies or wealth distribution through cannibalism. Indeed, my degree from PETA University was only a brief part of my academic background.
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