Private school issues clarion call to swarm City Hall Chambers tonight
Nooo, we aren’t singling out abortion clinics for special treatment. Noooooo, we aren’t blurring the lines between church and state. Found on the front page of Sentinel, a weekly newsletter from Elizabeth Anne Seton School for parents and students:
On Monday, March 10th at some time after 5:30 pm in City Hall Council Chambers, the Manassas City Council will vote on Marc Aveni’s proposal to require new medical facilities (to include abortion clinics) come before Council and the public before locating in the City. Your prayers, attendance and possible speaking during citizen time in favor of this effort are needed again.
I suppose that once again there will be a sideshow over at City Chambers where everyone will be strutting out their most pious behavior. Marc Aveni is getting himself some free advertisement for his cause. (Will I get a thank you note for providing some coverage for him?) I don’t think those of us in the County can pick up City channels so we will miss the show but I expect it will be a rendition of Brother Love’s traveling Salvation Show of Neil Diamond Fame.
I also see in that same periodical, a plea for workers to go picket Sudley Road for the 40 day march for life. Worthy cause? Perhaps. I wonder if it is as worthy as donating some free baby sitting time to a single mother so she can work? I also wonder how picketing can be considered instructional time? I know, I know, private schools don’t have to adhere to some …let’s see, how did they put it in the Sentinel…”some arbitrary number of hours to count as a school year.” Ker-POW, and another knock out punch to the public schools. Take that you dopes sitting in a classroom making up your school day. Get double the credits for parading up and down Sudley Road, holding a sign. That picketing doesn’t go on long. Teenagers being what they are, they usually congregate and gossip. (Of course, so do some of their adult supervisors.)
If only I could call in the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for the City Council Meeting tonight. That would make the show complete. They could even sing. Imagine the look of horror if a few fake nuns in drag showed up to grace the presence of Manassas.
All kidding aside, hopefully the thinking members of the City Council will continue their plans to revise their fifty plus year old zoning laws on schedule and not bend to religious groups who clearly have a not-so-hidden agenda. All medical facilities should have to adhere to the same standards. To single any one type of procedure out for closer inspection or regulation should and will attract litigation. In the past, the City of Manassas has taken some legal hits that have been costly both in terms of money and prestige. Can it afford to get sued over trying to regulate a medical facility?
The solution is fairly simple. Those who doesn’t want to be bothered with this type of BS can just get office space a mile away in Prince William County. Then it will be out of the hands of the City Council and some of its zealots. Then what on earth will everyone do? There won’t be much to bitch, moan and pray over.