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"It's a Con Game": Virginia School Board Wants to Shut Down Parents Who Criticize Pro-LGBT Policies

Fr. Mark Hodges : Feb 6, 2018 : Lifesitenews.com

By "tightly controlling" comments to "circumvent controversial topics" the board intends to "squash any opposing voices."

(Fairfax County, VA)—[Lifesitenews.com] An influential U.S. school district is shutting down the ability of parents to give feedback on controversial policies such as its gender identity policy, concerned parents are saying. (Photo: Students/Shutterstock/via LifeSiteNews)

The Fairfax County School Board (FCSB), serving one of the busiest suburbs of Washington DC, is in the process of introducing new restrictions for parents making comments during board meetings.

Among the restrictions parents have expressed concern about are rules that commenters may only speak about what the board allows on its agenda, banning anyone from speaking except the few who have previously signed up, and disallowing commenters from sharing speaking time.

Ever since the FCSB ushered in a transgender policy allowing boys in the girls' toilets, changing rooms, and showers in 2015, over 100 parents have barraged board meetings with criticism of the policy. Comments include not only concern about the policy itself, but that it was enacted quickly without public debate instead of lengthy, transparent consideration.

A massive parental backlash has prompted the board's proposed rule changes.

One concerned parent called the rule change a dangerous "ploy to censor opposing speech."

"It's a con game," another parent told the Christian Post, which reported that by "tightly controlling" comments to "circumvent controversial topics" the board intends to "squash any opposing voices."

"If the LGBT or whomever manage to rig and get most of the speaking slots," the concerned parent continued, not only will that particular meeting not air concerns, but "by carefully controlling the agenda ... the school board can block any speakers in the future who may want to try to retroactively address" an issue and "shut down any opposition indefinitely."

The board's existing rules already limit parental input, allowing just ten parents to briefly speak, and only those who...

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