December 11, 2018
Mrs. Perrie Johnson, Chair
Fluvanna County School Board &
Honorable Members of the School Board
14455 James Madison Highway
Palmyra, Virginia 22963
Dear Chairwoman Johnson:
We are writing to you in reference to the November 7, 2018 School Board Agenda item, “Approval of Alliance Club request to give out stickers to teachers displaying the FLUCO “F” in rainbow colors.” We understand that a motion on the issue died without action at that meeting, but will be addressed again at your December 12, 2018 meeting. We are an educational foundation serving all of Virginia.
As a matter of public policy, we believe that providing specialty group designations put the public, and legislative bodies, in the position of picking of sides. When one group is designated, other groups are “undesignated.” In other words, by allowing one particular group to denote themselves as a “safe space,” it implies that those without the designation are “unsafe spaces.” This puts individuals with conflicting religious views at conflict with the policy. Unless the school board is willing to let all groups create safe spaces for their issues, this policy does not create equality, but division.
Upon passage of this request, is the school board willing to designate the “F” logo with a cross to create a safe space for students to discuss their Christianity? Will descendants of Confederate soldiers have a safe place to discuss their heritage?
Students should be safe within the school to discuss ideas and points of view without being bullied. If there are problems within the school with teachers or students abusing individual children, then that should be addressed.
In Virginia, no school board has the burden to designate special identity groups. Furthermore, it’s beyond the purview of the government, and the schools as part of the government, to create an identity group based on sexual behavior. If one is created, there is no justification for others not to follow for other sexual behaviors and any other reason – creating more and more division by identity group.
We are requesting that the school board members vote “no” on any policy that creates division in the school system. Please vote no to designated symbols and safe spaces for identity groups. We are requesting that students, teachers, administrators and community members unify behind public policy that allows for open dialogue without divisive designations.
James A. Bowden, President
The Virginia First Foundation is pleased to share in the April 4, 2018 ceremony that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bishop Leon Benjamin of Richmond released this about the event:
"This is in Honor of the Life, Legacy and Leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was assassinated April 4, 1968 and will be incorporating a “Ringing of the Bell” Ceremony, which will be coinciding at 7:01 pm around various cities in the Nation along with other activities lead by the ADK Family in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will also be attending events on April 4-5 in Atlanta, GA. Bishop Leon Benjamin and other leaders have agreed that they will make a Proclamation of Jubilee in Richmond, VA signed with seals affixed and that area Pastors, Community and Political leaders must begin to stand in coalition now to make our Churches and Communities a unified and safer place for all citizens of local Richmond Metro."
In 1964, Dr. King was recognized for his work in fighting racial inequality through non-violent means and received the Nobel Peace Prize. Most notably, though, is Dr. King’s personal dedication to serving Jesus Christ. King said, “Before I was a civil rights leader, I was a preacher of the Gospel of Christ. It still remains my greatest commitment.” The Virginia First Foundation shares in this commitment to the Gospel Jesus Christ as the foundation of moral society.
As an organization, we recognize the need for more church leaders to stand for the freedoms granted to us by the Creator God. In a time in our history where news headlines show division, the break down of the American family, the diminished role of the church, and an erosion of our Judeo-Christian foundations, now more than ever, we need leaders to rise up and speak loudly. We stand with Pastor Leon Benjamin, the Richmond area church leaders, and the Virginia Christian Alliance in denouncing racism, violence, and murder. We call on the elected officials in Richmond, and across this Commonwealth, to enact common sense public safety measures that will protect our students at school and our families in our daily lives. This includes ending the predatory practices of the abortion industry that leaves an empty seat at the table in the homes of African Americans in our inner cities. We call on the people to demand more accountability in the local, state, and federal government, and to work together in their communities, “to love thy neighbor as they self.”
Standing together as one people, citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia and of the United States of America, turning to God for his divine wisdom, we call for unity and governmental reforms to transform our capital city, and Commonwealth, into a thriving community.
The Millstone Award acknowledges and is bestowed on those who offend or harm the weak or unprotected. It will be awarded by Fathers of Light (fathersoflight.com) in conjunction with Virginia First Foundation (vaforstfoundation.org).
Jesus said “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Jesus was serious about the worth of children and the consequences of violating their innocence.
As a pastor, I take the Bible seriously. Harming children physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or spiritually is a sin against the nature of God. Children are being harmed by educators, entertainers, legislators, and others. They are indoctrinated with anti-biblical messages and manipulated to believe that feelings override biological truths. The lack of concern for these little ones has become epidemic.
Silence is no longer an option for this pastor. Let me present to you the first recipient of The Millstone Award.
Republicans who heard Peter Thiel address the Convention in Cleveland may have missed his words while attendees were giving the Silicon Valley executive a standing ovation. “I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American. I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform; but fake culture wars only distract us…”
There is nothing fake about the war on women and children. The real distraction is Thiel and others’ attempts to push the LGBTQ agenda. Standards of decency and privacy rights are no longer needed in America’s sexually perverted culture. Government must destroy the innocence of children by bullying school boards with threats of withholding funding if gender confused students do not get their emotional wants met. Nothing fake about this culture war Mr. Thiel.
Peter Thiel, The Millstone Award is presented to you for distorting the truth about “fake culture wars.” Although missed by many in the excited frenzy of a Silicon Valley billionaire supporting Trump, your words are a direct assault on the biblical values that made this nation great. Those words were directed at principled, moral, and conservative Republicans who attended or watched the Cleveland convention.
Mr. Thiel, your hypocrisy is overwhelming. PayPal ceased expansion in North Carolina where legislators believe their constitutional responsibility is to protect females and children from predators while you continue to profit from countries that eliminate known homosexuals with varying degrees of death and mutilation. Is there a “fake culture war” there, Mr. Thiel?
The Millstone Award is given to Peter Thiel for offending the least of these little ones in North Carolina and throughout America. Wear it proudly.
Let me give you my definition of homophobic. I fear for you when you breathe your last and stand in the presence of a holy God.
Pastor Travis Witt
The Millstone Award
On a regular basis, The Millstone Award will be presented to those individuals who willfully violate the innocence of children. We are aware of many deserving recipients but you may know some as well. Please go to fathersoflight.com and click on The Millstone Award. Give us your recommendations.
The VFF is working with like-minded and brave-hearted Virginians across the Commonwealth on the Transgender bathroom issue.
In May the U.S. Department of Education created the controversy by sending letters to schools and higher education across Virginia dictating guidelines for transgender policies.
The absurdity of their guidance is only exceeded by the arrogance of their dictates.
Transgender is not a scientific term for a person. It can be a psychological disorder. Moreover, it’s political. Humans, according to proven, testable biology are male or female. Just ask your chromosomes.
We need 134 Virginians to take prepared questions to 134 city and county school boards to get public officials on the record on the transgender folly. Then, all of Virginia can hold the elected and appointed folks accountable.
Check out our Fathers of Light effort on this VFF website.
Today, the Virginia First Foundation, Inc. launched its banner with the opening of its website and first actions to change the culture and face of Virginia.
The Virginia Foundation is dedicated to changing Virginia’s destiny. It will help shape Virginia as the home of limited Constitutional government supported by a strong Judeo-Christian, Conservative culture. It will adapt to a constantly changing Commonwealth with a 20 year vision of actions. It will work to start a Revolutionary Season of 12 to 20 years to change the culture and government from the community to the highest levels of government in Virginia. “Virginia will once again, lead the way forward for America,” says Jim Bowden, the groups acting President.Read more