LEESBURG, Va., July 15 /Christian Newswire
/ -- The Loudoun County, Virginia Board seems determined to abolish Christmas during the summer so it can become the first in the nation to attack the holiday in 2010.
Members of the public will turn out in the board of supervisors room at a public input session. The turnout is expected to be overwhelmingly pro-religious freedom citizens outraged that the Board is considering banning religious expression on the courthouse grounds during the summer.
Who: 100 members of the public, many will speak
What: Public input for citizens to speak publicly in board room to supervisors
When: Monday, July 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (approximately)
Where: Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Room, first floor, One Harrison Street, SE Leesburg, Va.
Why: Loudoun County Board to consider eliminating religious displays on Courthouse grounds on Tuesday, July 20
Eugene Delgaudio, President of Public Advocate, releases the following statement:
"A scrooge-type greeting is yelled out of 'Un-Merry Christmas 2010, America' from a liberal dominated county body with five Democrats, two independents and two 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. That item is on the current board agenda for action."
(Delgaudio is also a member of the board representing Sterling)
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 back in December 2009. It was reversed.
The proposed policy specifically bans nativities, menorahs, stars of David or any religious 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 emphatically said "we want a non-religious but traditional program" which eliminates all religious expression. That is what the board is voting on and is part of a legislative package that is posted at loudoun dot gov for the Tuesday July 20 meeting.