Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ayatollah Farris

I owe a deep and humble apology to “Dr.” The Rev. Michael P. Farris, esq., Chancellor of Patrick Henry “College,” for having incorrectly stated the other day that his Bible college for home-schooled Christians located in our fair county is “unaccredited.”

"Chancellor" Michael Farris plays dress-up at his barely accredited Bible college

While it is true that the “college” in 2006 abandoned efforts to gain accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Academy for Liberal Education, Patrick Henry was fully accredited the following year by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), a body established in 1971 “because of the prejudice against creation-science” in the mainstream academic community, according to its founders.

TRACS requires the schools it accredits adopt a statement of faith, binding upon  faculty and others, that affirms “the inerrancy and historicity of the Bible” and “the divine work of non-evolutionary creation,” specifically God’s creation of “the existing space-time universe . . . in the six literal days of the creation week.”

TRACS has also been cited for granting recognition to “blatantly fraudulent institutions.”

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We’ve got our orders

The head of the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, that well-connected lobby of developers, road pavers, asphalt producers, and other public spirited citizens, remarked not long ago that the real problem in Virginia was that transportation policymakers were listening “too much” to “small neighborhoods” and “small groups”—also known as the people who actually live in the places where his totally disinterested big group wants to build new six-lane highways.

Luckily in Loudoun, we don’t have that problem any more, thanks to our new all-Republican local government.

Immediately upon taking office in January, the new Board of Supervisors—with no public discussion and no notice—made sure that from now on “small neighborhoods,” or for that matter any neighborhoods, will no longer be able to get in the way of the NVTA’s long-cherished dream of running new multi-lane north-south highways through existing communities, which will do wonders for major commercial property developers and nothing at all to relieve the traffic congestion on east-west routes actually used by commuters: Continue reading

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Business-friendly hate groups?

Like the dogwoods that bloom in the spring, nutty utterances from Republican Loudoun supervisor Eugene Delgaudio are just part of the landscape here in Loudoun County; most of us have simply become so inured (or at least resigned) to them that we hardly notice it any more.

Loudoun GOP supervisor—and newly designated hate-group president–Eugene Delgaudio

So it’s useful every once in a while to be reminded how whacko it looks to the rest of the world, that a stalwart of the local Republican political machine runs a full-time business devoted to paranoid ravings about the “homosexual agenda.”

Delgaudio’s gay-bashing organization (modestly titled The Public Advocate of the United States) has now made national news after being designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups across the nation. The local Democratic Committee is calling for Delgaudio’s resignation. Continue reading

We’re No. 47! (in ethics)

The exciting news that Virginia came in 47th among the 50 states in a recent survey of ethical standards in local government has special meaning for us here in Loudoun: We can all be proud that our new all-Republican Board of Supervisors did more than its part in acquiring for Virginia this distinction by refusing to adopt the ethics policy of its predecessors, by refusing to declare conflicts of interest, and by refusing to require supervisors to recuse themselves from voting on zoning or other issues that directly benefit campaign contributors.

The new slogan for Loudoun: “We’re Number 47!”

 

 

Mike Farris and the Lyme Disease quacks behind Loudoun’s “Initiative”

If you were puzzled as I was why the Loudoun Republican Party suddenly decided that it was up to them to save us from Lyme Disease, it turns out that the answer is in our own backyard: the moving force behind this odd business is none other than home-schooling and creationism-advocate (and politically well-connected Republican lawyer) Michael Farris, head of the unaccredited Bible college he founded in Purcellville for like-minded home-schooled Christians, Patrick Henry “College.”

Creationism advocate–Christian home-schooling proponent and now self-proclaimed Lyme Disease authority Michael Farris.

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