Here is another email from the Chairman of the PWC Republican Committee. It is a thank you note.
Dear Faithful Republicans,
I want to thank each and every one of you for your overwhelming support sending emails and for showing up to the PWC School Board Meetings. It truly made a difference! It was particularly encouraging to see the unity that came out of this very divisive issue. While the fight is not over, we can keep this momentum going by continuing to show up and let our voices be heard. Thank you again!
“Yes” for Brentsville and Gil Trenum; “Wait” on Trans Gender – An Update from the PWC School Board Meeting on September 21st.
Nearly 500 people showed up last night while the board took citizen comments from 7:00pm to 1:00am on policy 060, the policy change to add sexual preference and gender identity to the lists of protected classes. The entire Kelly Leadership Center school board complex was full, to include an over flow room and the atrium.
Approximately 150 people spoke. Speakers came from all backgrounds: Hispanic, African American, Muslim, Christian, parents and kids. Some of the more moving arguments came from young ladies who simply pleaded, “Please protect my privacy and dignity.” Several African American speakers said “this was not the civil rights issue of the 21st century.”
More than 90% of speakers were against changing policy 060. Their arguments were: legal “wait for the Virginia Supreme Court to Rule”; transparency “why are you making this decision so hastily without soliciting staff or public input”; and safety “please don’t force a child to undress in front of another student of the opposite biological sex.”
Proponents of policy 060 talked about bullying, hatred and discrimination. But there was no hatred or discrimination on our side last night. In fact our speakers talked about loving and protecting all children. Sadly, gay and transgender kids are the subject of bullying. But as a Muslim parent of kids who have been bullied for their faith noted, this policy doesn’t stop bullying. He said we cannot equate bathroom preference with bullying.
Speakers asked the board to focus on meaningful bullying prevention, SOL scores, crowding, in short, real education policy.
In the end, Chairman Sawyers pushed his policy proposal ahead, as originally written. Loree Williams (Woodbridge) seconded his motion. Diane Raulston (Neabsco) offered a competing motion to stay the vote until the second SB meeting in June 2017 (presumably after the courts have issued their ruling).
After some deliberation the vote to delay was 5 aye, one nay (Sawyers) and one abstain (Williams). The Brentsville seat was empty during this vote.
Bottom Line: we showed up, stuck to our message and won the night. But we need to stay engaged. This issue isn’t going away.
At around 2:00am, the board voted unanimously to appoint Shawn Brann to fill Gil Trenum’s seat until Gil returns for the 2017-2018 school year. Shawn was one of Gil’s recommended replacements and is well qualified to serve on the School Board!
Chairman PWC Republican Committee
It is an old expression, but it applies. We are at a crossroads. What Dottie Miller describes sounds like a great victory. It could be, but so long as we keep electing big government busybodies, such people will push increasingly crazy agendas. Eventually, they will have us at each others throats, more concerned about demanding our “rights” from each other than we are about protecting each others God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Whatever it takes, we must remember the people who vote for expanding the power of government, and we must vote for someone else. Whatever it takes, even if it seems to go against our best interests in the short term, we must vote only for the government we deem absolutely necessary. Otherwise, the busybodies will wear us down with nitnoid nonsense.
In a country where government runs everything, gender confusion will be the least of our concerns. Here is why. When we pass from this life, we will be rightfully ashamed. We will have left our children entirely confused and in the power of leaders who do not even care about the difference between what is right and what is wrong.