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LTE: Church No Place for Metro Politics

Parishioner finds fliers left on cars at church about proposed Silver Line inappropriate.

To the Editor,

As nearly everyone in Loudoun County knows, the Washington Metro is in the process of building a new line, the Silver Line, out from the existing system to Dulles Airport and beyond. There is considerable conflict out here in Loudoun regarding that “and beyond” part, specifically the two stations currently on the map that extend past Dulles Airport, the ones at Route 606 and Route 772/Ryan Road. That’s all well and good. This is a large project and an important decision. We should be having a serious and comprehensive debate on the matter.

I do not approve of having people drag that into my Church.

The supervisor representing the Algonkian District is Suzanne Volpe. Suzanne happens to be a parishioner at my Church. That fact does not justify the papering of every parishioners’ car during Mass this past Sunday morning with a “Letter to Suzanne Volpe” urging her to “be strong” and vote against Loudoun’s opting in to the Silver Line. We are a Church, not some public venue. That we are engaged in our religious observance – we call it the Mass, by the way – is not an invitation to start spraying political messages all over us. We are there to engage in worship of God, not to park rolling spam-boxes in spaces to allow for a convenient soapbox.

To make the unethical truly dishonorable, these cowards behind this flier couldn’t even stand behind their words. No identification of who it was that felt the need to litter on our personal vehicles and on the Church’s private property, no ability to address directly the people who write this clearly biased and ridiculously ill-supported drivel. If they are so proud of Mrs. Volpe and are so convinced of the correctness of their cause, why are they skulking around in the dark? Why are they so afraid of standing up and being recognized?

It’s because they know what they did was unjustifiable and unacceptable. That’s why they don’t want anyone to know they were responsible.

The matter of Loudoun's involvement in the Silver Line is a serious issue and, comments to the contrary in this anonymous flyer notwithstanding, it's far from a decided matter of whether it's in Loudoun's best interest in the long term. But there is a time and place for those discussions and blasting out one-sided handbills stuck to the cars of people who were attending Mass on Sunday is most definitely neither the time nor the place. People on both sides should offer the courtesy of leaving the politics out of Sunday Mass time for those of us attending services. That goes double for people who can't muster the backbone to be identified with their words.

Thank you and regards,

Ric James

Dave June 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Out of county robocalls funded by an anti-tax group, false flyers placed in bus lots, and now this? Apparently the "anti-Metro" faction is not only classless, but desperate to do anything... no credibility left at this point. Sorry you had to deal with this as well!
Stacey F June 15, 2012 at 01:36 AM
If it wasn't for the flyers and robocalls, I never would have taken the time to look up the facts on this. I thought Metro was a done deal... but, after reading so much, I'm shocked that people want to pass on the deal. Anyway, it's sad that those same people are resorting to such horrible tactics. Ugh.
The Baconator June 15, 2012 at 02:52 AM
They can spread their lies anywhere they want. It isn't stopping the majority from realizing that Metro is the right move for Loudoun County. Soon we will have a vote and we will finally have the foundation laid for some solid public transportation.
Uncle Smartypants June 15, 2012 at 01:15 PM
OH MY GOSH! I cannot believe this! Are you saying you came out of church, all full of grace and stuff, to discover that some terrorist had left an ENTIRE PIECE OF PAPER on your car? With WORDS on it? OH, THE HORROR! I can't even imagine the collective rage that ripped through the congregation. I suggest you collect all the flyers, make a paper mache effigy of your nemesis, and then burn it at a stake. You've been egregiously hurt; it's time to start the healing. I think a bonfire would be cathartic and somehow, appropriately Christian. Wait a second - Christian! Aren't you supposed to turn the other cheek? What did that Luke guy say again? "But I say unto you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, Bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you. To him that smiteth thee on the [one] cheek offer also the other;" Luke 6:27-29
Richard Holmquist June 15, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I say you put this to organ music and sneak it into all the hymnals at the church.

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