From Fox News:
Parents in Loudoun County, Virginia, received an earful from school board Chair Brenda Sheridan, who refused to back down from controversial equity trainings and suggested opponents had engaged in “dog-whistle politics.”
“Tonight, the Loudoun County School Board meeting was interrupted by those who wish to use the public comment period to disrupt our work and disrespect each other,” said Sheridan on Tuesday.
“Dog-whistle politics will not delay our work. We will not back down from fighting for the rights of our students and continuing our focus on equity.”
Her comments came at the end of a contentious school board meeting during which Sheridan and other board members left the room over a purported lack of decorum.
“Public comment is not only welcome, but encouraged, during school board meetings,” she said.
“The start time for tonight’s meeting was even moved earlier to accommodate the anticipated volume of speakers. In fact, 259 speakers signed up to address numerous issues on the agenda tonight. This time should have been used for community members to share their views with the board and the public. Even after numerous attempts to ask for decorum, so everyone could speak, those attending insisted on continued interruptions in an attempt to delay and disrupt the proceeding. These politically motivated antics ought to end. But if they don’t, know that they won’t delay our work.”
The school board superintendent was the one who declared the meeting an unlawful assembly, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News.
On Wednesday, Sheridan faced sharp backlash from parents in Loudoun.
Ian Prior, who leads the Fight for Schools PAC, told Fox News: “Over 10,000 Loudoun parents, grandparents, and taxpayers have signed petitions to remove a majority of school board members. As parents, we have done our homework, have seen how our children are being taught and their teachers are being trained. Those school board members continue to ignore the voice of the unsilent majority and deny what we all know – Loudoun County Public Schools is not a welcoming environment for students, parents, and teachers who put excellence in education before political activism in schools.”
Read the full report at Fox News.
THE SWAMP: Six of America’s Ten RICHEST COUNTIES Surround Washington, DC
A new report published by the Washington Examiner this week shows six out of America’s ten richest counties surround the nation’s capital; highlighting the political and economic influence of the DC suburbs in Maryland and Virginia.
According to the Examiner, “Of the top 20 wealthiest counties in the country, half are Washington suburbs” and six are in the top ten.
The data shows the five richest counties in the United States are Loudon County, VA; Fairfax County, VA; Howard County, MD; Falls Church City, VA; and Arlington County, VA.
Fairfax City, VA made the list at number ten.
“As the White House has threatened a partial government shutdown over the lack of border wall funding, the local media has been filled with sad stories that local federal workers won’t be able to pay their bills or buy Christmas presents,” writes the Examiner. “In every past shutdown, legislation has been passed to provide back pay to furloughed workers.”
Read the full story at the Washington Examiner.
CAKE SHOP CHAOS: Colorado Targets SAME Christian Baker Over Transgender Cake
The Colorado commission aimed at tackling bigotry and racial prejudice throughout the state is again targeting a Christian baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding; this time attacking the chef for refusing to create a confection celebrating transgenderism.
According to the Denver Post, Cake shop owner Jack Phillips is suing Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper after he claimed the state’s Civil Rights Commission again targeted the baker for refusing to “commemorate a gender transition.”
“The owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop has sued Gov. John Hickenlooper and state civil rights officials, claiming Colorado has renewed its religious persecution by investigating him — in defiance of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision — for refusing to create a cake commemorating gender transition,” writes the Post.
“Jack Phillips of Lakewood brought the lawsuit late Tuesday night in Denver U.S. District Court against Hickenlooper and members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission,” adds the article.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled that Phillips was exercising his constitutional rights when he refused to bake a cake to commemorate a same-sex wedding; saying it was his “freedom of expression” to deny his services.
Read the full story here.