“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence.
Recently proposed ordinances in Fauquier County about farms sales and religious retreats indicate that members of the Board of Supervisors have put themselves on a plane with our Creator.
In the farm sales ordinance, someone on the BOS is so arrogant that they believe they have the power to authorize private personal gatherings at farms.
Let me tell ya, fellas, you don’t have that authority. It comes with being an American.
To top off their arrogance, once they’ve deigned themselves having the authority to “grant” private personal gatherings via ordinance, they go on to place conditions on these peaceable assemblies. They would even regulate fundraisers on private property.
We are rushing to report this story, but there’s wind of another proposed ordinance that is styled a regulation of religious retreats. A quick review shows that the zoning ordinance would limit religious retreats to property of at least 50 acres.
The definition of religious retreats would include group gatherings for prayer, fellowship or study. You got that right. You’ll need at least 50 acres to pray and study the Bible with your brothers and sisters.
Expect the BOS to double down on their arrogance, and claim these observations are over-stated. But remember, Holder Trumbo lied by denying that the county cited Martha Boneta for a birthday party. Lee Sherbeyn’s appearance on WUSA 9 indicated the county still believes it can require permits for birthday parties.
What FFC has done is expose Fauquier County’s selective enforcement of its ordinances. If you’re on the “in,” you’re OK. If you speak out, expect crack downs.
Trumbo said last year that he wanted to require permits for prayer meetings at private residences because some of them have too many cars.
Let’s show sympathy for Trumbo. It’s not easy being the Almighty with an Eric Cartman attitude. “Respect mah authoriteh.”