Letter: Del. Dave LaRock (R-33), Hamilton

Editor: Pride often reflects an attitude of arrogance, and while there may be instances where pride is a good thing (such as patriotism or support for those who have sacrificed in service to our country and community), having our Loudoun County government publically proclaim to be proud of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) movement is not such an instance.

All good people oppose hatred and senseless violence, but the official proclamation offered by Supervisor Kristen Umstattd last week went way beyond that. Her proposal amounted to an official Loudoun County prideful proclamation of solidarity with the homosexual and transgender lifestyles.

Supervisor Kristen Umstattd’s proclamation is a bad idea for several reasons.

First, Supervisor Kristen Umstattd’s proclamation promotes homosexuality and gender confusion to people of all ages but ignores the real physical and psychological harms associated with those lifestyles and the harm of the sexually explicit material used to promote, affirm and recruit young school-aged children to those lifestyles.

Supervisor Umstattd’s proposal to express pride for the transgender lifestyle, which experts classify as a psychological disorder, reflects very poor judgement. Paul McHugh, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital had this to say about gender impersonation, “Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

Second, Supervisor Kristen Umstattd’s proclamation is very likely just a first step toward public policy and school policy initiatives focused on affirming homosexual and gender confused behavior. Look to our neighbor Fairfax County and beyond and you see LGBT pride parades, fairs, and school events. The behavior and practices promoted at these events is often vulgar. The material distributed at Pride events includes sexually explicit printed material which would shock most.

Third, it is offensive to many (me included) for government to proclaim something which ignores and contradicts deeply held religious beliefs as this proclamation would do. Both the Umstattd proclamation and president Obama’s recent proclamation that public schools need to ignore biological sex and replace it with assumed gender are examples of government imposing the extreme views of a few on many. When government does this it also infringes on parent’s rights to impart their values to their children.

Supervisor Umstattd, please reserve the proclamations for real heroes and honorable events that elevate that which is good, wholesome and worthy of recognition.

Del. Dave LaRock (R-33), Hamilton

15 thoughts on “Letter: Del. Dave LaRock (R-33), Hamilton

  • 2016-06-30 at 9:38 pm

    David LaRock has come to epitomize a backwardness and ignorance which the rest of us repudiate.

  • 2016-07-01 at 9:41 am

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    Definition of homophobia
    irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals

    Supervisor Kristen Umstaddt is right to seek recognition of the LGBT community and the acceptance of all Loudoun citizens.

  • 2016-07-01 at 9:42 am

    This, ladies and gentlemen is what hate sounds like… what a repulsive display of ignorance from an unapologetic bigot. So disappointed and saddened that people like this can get elected in 2016… When your brand of Christianity espouses this kind of hate, then your religion is a real problem… Your bigotry is what’s offensive Dave LaRock… Your shitty values damn sure ain’t my values.

  • 2016-07-01 at 10:01 am

    This silly and defamatory assault on Loudoun’s LBGT community (why can the terminally bigoted among us not make an argument without resorting to falsehoods?) decisively demonstrates why such a resolution is needed in the first place.

  • 2016-07-01 at 10:07 am

    How did this man get elected? Mr. LaRock’s comments are not worthy of publication. Mr. LaRock’s “deeply held religious beliefs” are not really those of a true Christian person. A TRUE Christian would lovingly accept his neighbors, does not JUDGE (judge not, that you not be judged), and shows compassion for ALL and actually help the poor and those who are oppressed for whatever reason. Using religion to push a backward agenda that legitimizes hate is just wrong. And it is getting rather old to invoke religion to condemn something you have a problem with. Our nation was not founded on religious beliefs so using religion to justify hate and discriminatory legislation is wrong. No one asked him to be a part of any Pride celebration or parade or anything else. Mr. LaRock’s comments represent fear and stupidity. It must be awful to live like that. I hope the good people in his district vote him out when he runs for reelection. Another disgusting fact about David LaRock is that he sits on the education committee in the House of Delegates…yet he HOMESCHOOLS his own children…where are HIS priorities? Not with public schools and families in Virginia! Grow up Mr. LaRock…join the rest of us in the 21st Century.

  • 2016-07-01 at 2:00 pm

    I feel that Delegate LaRock should focus more on changing the out of date land use laws of Virginia which have allowed him to shave almost $1,800 from his property tax bill this year alone. It appears that Delegate LaRock feels that having a large back yard entitles him to pass the burden of owed taxes onto folks who have smaller yards. With a lot size that is more than 16 acres, Delegate LaRock pays a little more than $1,200 for the land portion of his property tax bill. As a conservative republican, it would seem to me that Delegate LaRock would not want anybody skirting their fair share of property taxes by utilizing a set of laws that were written in 1972, when Loudoun County was a much different place and with a much smaller population. By impersonating a farmer, Delegate LaRock is simply allowing the working families of Loudoun County to subsidize his lifestyle which I feel is wrong. Please join me in voicing both concern and outrage over Delegate LaRock’s tax avoidance and implore him to update Virginia’s existing land use laws to something more applicable to today’s Loudoun.

    • 2016-07-01 at 4:18 pm

      I am greatly concerned about Mr. LaRock’s unconvincing impersonation of a Christian, but I did not realize he was also impersonating a farmer. His many states of confusion are quite entertaining.

  • 2016-07-01 at 2:30 pm

    This is why Republican legislators shouldn’t be messing with health-care issues. LaRock’s quotation about “child abuse” is taken from a position statement issued by the tiny (less than 200 members) “American College of Pediatricians,” a far-right group that splintered from the real professional body of children’s doctors, the American Academy of Pediatrics (more than 60,000 members) when the Academy began to support the adoption of children by gay couples.

    This kind of false proof in the face of now widely debunked, bigoted views doesn’t even qualify as “cherry picking” his facts. This is just another example of an extremist using someone else’s lies to help support his own spew.

  • 2016-07-01 at 6:33 pm

    Why did Loudoun Now even publish this? This is so highly offensive, I can’t believe anyone would consider printing it. Republican Delegate LaRock’s views are exactly the ones that will help Democrats win down ballot races this November. Loudoun Co is growing younger, more educated and diverse every day. People will not tolerate this.

  • 2016-07-02 at 10:53 am

    Are all the Pride advocates going to rip those whose religion tells them this behavior is wrong?

    It shall be quite entertaining (and possibly dangerous given the whiplash) as the Pride advocates chastise their new best victims – Muslims – who definitely oppose such LGBT resolutions.

    I guess it must be difficult going around patting yourself on the back for being so righteous as you classify every other group as unsophisticated. But isn’t it a little confusing as you chastise a group you just celebrated last week?

    • 2016-07-02 at 7:41 pm

      SGP = are you saying that all Muslims oppose LGBT resolutions? Really? How many Muslims have you talked to about LGBT resolutions? Could there be Muslims that do not oppose the resolutions just as there are people of other religions that do not oppose them? Or are you so certain about you perfect understanding of Muslims to stand behind your blanket statement?

      • 2016-07-04 at 12:31 pm

        When you provide a plausible response CareerSwitcher, I will comment.

  • 2016-07-05 at 11:11 am

    SGP – I take it from your response that you understand how hateful and ignorant your comment is. Good for you. Once cannot make blanket statements about ALL of any groups. For you to suggest that no Muslim person is capable of accepting alternative life styles in others or in themselves is wrong and hateful. I appreciate your moment of enlightenment. Good for you.

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