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Loudouners, Herring convene for second Charlottesville vigil in as many days

Local residents gather Monday at St. David’s Episcopal Church and School in Ashburn to honor the victims of the Charlottesville riots. Courtesy Photo
Prominent Loudoun County voices, including that of Attorney General Mark Herring (D), reflected on a trying weekend of hate and racism during a vigil in Ashburn Monday night.

Organized in part by local Pastor Michelle Thomas of Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries and The Loudoun Freedom Center, Monday's gathering was the second local remembrance in as many days.

“In a sin-sick world, as proven by the white nationalist, alt-right, neo-Nazi 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, the church cannot afford the luxury of being silent at one of the darkest moments in America's recent history,” Thomas said in a statement before the event. “We are the light of the world. Our job is not to be quiet and comfortable. Our job is to cry loud and spare not declaring prophetically the word of the lord.”

The local vigils are among scores that have sprouted up across the nation since Saturday, when thousands of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and counter-protesters sparked chaos in Charlottesville. During the riots, a 32-year-old woman, Heather D. Heyer, was killed when a 20-year-old Ohio man reportedly drove a car through a crowd of people, and dozens more were seriously injured.

The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., of Ohio, has been charged with second-degree murder.

Additionally, two Virginia State Police troopers – H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates – were killed Saturday when their helicopter crashed as they were responding to the bedlam in the small Virginia city.

In Loudoun Monday night, Herring echoed the sentiment of Thomas, saying citizens “should never be silent in the face of injustice" and “never be silent in the face of intolerance.”

“It's important that we think about peace for Charlottesville, for that community,” said Herring, who is from Leesburg and formerly served on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. “ … The ideology of hatred and bigotry, the ideology of white supremacy and Nazis and neo-Confederates and other terrorists groups have no home anywhere in Virginia.”

Herring has made strengthening the commonwealth's hate crime laws a priority for his office. Earlier this year, he helped launch the website http://www.NoHateVa.com. According to FBI stats, there were 155 hate crimes in Virginia in 2015, a 21 percent increase from the year before.

Monday night's vigil followed a remembrance held by Loudoun County Democrats on the courthouse lawn in Leesburg Sunday.

Attorney General Mark Herring, a Loudoun County native, attended the vigil at St. David's Episcopal Church and School in Ashburn Monday night.Courtesy Photo


Comments


“When did it become un-American to say a prayer for someone killed by the senseless violence of a hate mob?”

@TrumpDefendsVermin:  You mean it’s fine for anyone to say a prayer for someone killed by the senseless violence of a hate mob

Or is it unacceptable when it comes from those those you call “vermin”? By the way, is it “hate” speech to call other human beings “vermin”? Is that what you believe in your heart? But of course, calling people “vermin” is protected speech, and I defend your right to do so. But I don’t have to respect you for doing it.


not to grandstand but educate the youth and ignore fringe groups?  - see tRump coddle white nationalists during press conference today.


You don’t have to be a bitter-end bigot to get an Amen in this comment section but it seems to help.

When did it become un-American to say a prayer for someone killed by the senseless violence of a hate mob?


I sense an ongoing vigil up until election day….never let a good crisis go to waste…


Looks like less than 20 folks.  I guess not even the Leftists can be fooled into thinking this was a big issue.

Do you think Herring ever realizes how foolish he looks in such stunts?  But I guess it keeps him out of the courtroom so the lightweight lawyer won’t continue to get embarrassed.


Funny how Herring won’t make these same comments about other groups who want to live by themselves (especially religious groups). While I like the fact that all different types of people live, work, marry and worship together, there are many groups and even countries that disagree. As long as they don’t affect my rights, they can do what they want. Is Herring saying those other groups shouldn’t be allowed in Virginia altogether?

The answer is not to grandstand but educate the youth l and ignore fringe groups. But Herring is effectively a totalitarian. If he doesn’t like a statue, it MUST come down. If his opponents don’t like a statue, they must learn to live with it. Why doesn’t he go tell all the qualified Asians who get rejected from college due to inferior applications by protected groups how great these quotas are. By pretending there are no legitimate policy issues that the mainstream may object to and by refusing to discuss such policies, it is Herring who fans the flames. Separate the real issues from the supremacist ones, and you can isolate the neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The local commenters here and general defenders of the statues are not racists. But Herring and his ilk try to lump them together. I guess he can’t complain when others lump all Muslims into al Quaeda and ISIS then, eh?


Exploiting a tragedy for the purpose of political grandstanding.


A beautiful picture indeed.  I see our beautiful multicultural community in these pictures.  This picture is how our world SHOULD be.  All of us holding hands trying to get through this thing called life.


The double standard here is vomit inducing. Where were these people in opposition to BLM’s hatred and racism when they were holding rally’s across the Country demanding that cops be killed? chanting “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon”. Where were these people when ANTIFA were destroying the livelihoods of business owners, smashing windows and burning cars, spreading anarchy on our streets all summer long? The hypocracy if deafening.


“citizens ‘should never be silent in the face of injustice’ and ‘never be silent in the face of intolerance.’” I agree with this statement, however, I don’t think it justifies the violence committed by the counter-protesters.  Both sides showed up for a physical fight, in the 60-70’s that was called a rumble, not a protest.


Opportunistic politicians.  the shame of it.  they didn’t even know this poor young woman.  So sad for her family.


I sense vigil’s up through election day….


leadership & love

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