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Loudoun County First To Declare War Against Christmas in 2010

Loudoun County First To Declare War Against Christmas in 2010

The Loudoun County Board seems determined to abolish Christmas during the summer so it can become the first in the nation to attack the holiday in 2010.

A scrooge-type "Merry Christmas 2010, America" from a liberal dominated county body with five Democrats, 2 independents and 2 Republicans.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is considering a policy for the county that will eliminate the freedom of religious expression at their local county courthouse which is owned by the county.

The board publicly indicated at their July 7 business meeting to re-consider the current policy of allowing Christmas to be celebrated in Loudoun County at the next business meeting which is Tuesday July 20 in the Leesburg board of supervisors room.

There was no formal vote, but one Supervisor asked if anyone would join him and reject the proposal to eliminate religious freedom and there was no one that would agree to reject the proposal for consideration outright.

The board will consider adopting an old November 2009 policy at the Tuesday July 20th business meeting. This "old policy" was attacked in the national news media as abolishing Christmas in Loudoun County.

The proposal was made by a board appointed Citizens Courts Committee to abolish Christmas in Loudoun, by banning religious displays of any kind at the Courthouse grounds, and will be on the Tuesday July 20th Business Agenda just days from now.

The proposed policy specifically bans nativities, menorahs, stars of David or any relgious symbols on the grounds of the courthouse where they have been placed for 50 years.

On July 7 in a public presentation, the citizen chairman of the Courts Committee committee emphatically said "we want a non-religious but traditional program" which eliminates all religious expression.

One Supervisor, Eugene Delgaudio, argued that allowing all expressions of religious beliefs in the form of religious displays at the Courthouse grounds was protected and had been the case for 50 years and that all supervisors had voted 9 to 0 to allow that after a long discussion at a previous December 2009 meeting.

He asked "is there no one here that can simply and openly reject going back to the old policy as this Court committee is simply and bluntly asking for an abolition of religious symbols and for a return to the old policy?"

A few supervisors said they would respectfully consider the request from the committee. Most stayed silent.

Supervisor Stevens Miller endorsed the old policy.

Public Advocates asks you to tell the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors what you think of this legislation to abolish Christmas by writing "[email protected]" before their July 20 meeting. Your one letter goes to all 9 supervisors.

At least one supervisor will miss the July 20 meeting so the issue could come back up after the group's August recess in September.