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December 19, 2014

Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on tonight, starting at 10 p.m.

"Be responsible or risk a DUI," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. "If you are going to celebrate this weekend with alcohol, designate a sober driver before your celebration begins."

Members of the Sheriff's Office Auxiliary Unit and volunteers from the Loudoun Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driviing will assist with the checkpoint.

Ballet In Sterling Dec. 20

Sterling Ballet Academy presents the Nutcracker Dec. 20 at Dominion HS.

Leftist Extremist Hates Churches Renting Schools
Loudoun school rentals to churches and other religious groups under attack

A far leftist attorney who practices in Leesburg, might sue the School Board for renting their buildings to churches and other religious groups. The "attorney" alleges that the practice of renting out School buildings to non-profit religious groups violates the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.

I fully support the School Board's existing practice. It is commonplace in Virginia and throughout the Country for Schools to rent out their buildings on the weekends. Far from being unconstitutional, this practice does not favor religious groups over non-religious groups. It also helps fund the schools. While most church renters are Christian groups, a number of Hindu and non-Christian groups would be put out in the cold with no place to hold services, if this rental policy is struck down.

Patrick Henry College founder Mike Farris smacked the leftist extremist down with a public statement:

Farris said in published remarks:

(Quote) (The leftist attorney) is wrong about this. The Supreme Court has ruled exactly the opposite of Flannery's contention in several cases, see, e.g., Widmar v. Vincent, and Good News Club v. Milford School District.

The general rule of law is that the Establishment Clause is not violated by allowing religious organizations to have equal access to school buildings on a rental basis. If other non-profits can rent the schools (which they do), then religious non-profits can also rent the schools.

In fact, not only does Establishment Clause NOT ban the rentals, the Supreme Court has explicitly ruled that it violates the Free Speech and Equal Protection Clauses to treat religious groups in an unequal manner.

Flannery has actually asked the School Board to behave in an unconstitutional manner. Fairfax County had to pay a huge settlement to Covenant Life Church for discriminatory rental practices. FAIRFAX COVENANT CHURCH v. FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, 17 F.3d 703 (4th Cir. 1994).

I won a similar case on the Establishment Clause before the United States Supreme Court. Witters v. Department of Services for the Blind. Equal access for religious people and organizations is never unconstitutional. In fact, failing to treat them equally will cost the school district a lot of money. (Unquote)

Michael Farris, recieved a JD, LLM and is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College

I agree. No naysaying complainer who spouts off their anti-Christian legal threats is going to shake a great policy that nets cash for school operations and provides a temporary place for worshipers without a permanent home.

Chanukah -- a celebration of religious freedom

Chanukah, which began this past Tuesday night Dec. 16, celebrates the revolt by Judah Maccabee and his followers over Greek-Syrian rule in Israel in the 2nd century BCE. The war lasted a while and resulted in an independent Jewish state under the Hasmonean kings --which would remain independent until Roman conquest around 60 BCE.

One Supervisor Ken Reid said "Chanukah coincides nicely with Christmas and helps give Jewish families a means of celebrating during this major season."

Sterling man claims $1 million Powerball prize one week before it expires

Aaron Monsey was in no hurry to claim his $1 million winning lottery ticket.

The LTM reports: The Sterling man waited nearly six months, knowing he had the ticket in his possession.

But less than a week before the $1 million prize was set to expire, Monsey claimed his winnings.

Sterling sex offender gets 15 years on rape charge

A Loudoun County Circuit judge on Dec. 15 handed down a 15-year sentence to a Sterling man convicted in August of rape.

In addition to the fixed 15-year sentence, Geovanni Amilcar Benitez-Giron, 38, must undergo three years of post-release supervision

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