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Political statements at Federal Way rally | Letters
Last Friday, Feb. 24, our city hosted a historical event: a visit by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a 2012 candidate for President of the United States.
In attendance at this event were Federal Way Mayor Skip Priest and Federal Way School Board President Tony Moore. Also in attendance was the local Occupy Federal Way group, which conducted a silent respectful protest by turning their backs on Gingrich in disagreement with his political stances as he began his speech outside the Best Western Evergreen Inn and Suites.
Before Gingrich took the podium, Moore had an introduction that sounded an awful lot like an endorsement, or at least overwhelming enthusiasm for Newt and what Newt stands for. In fact, he made the statement to the effect of “together let’s turn this blue state red.” While Mr. Moore has the right to his vote and political opinions, we must remember that our city council members and school board run for office as non-partisans. In reality, they should be expected to stay neutral during their term or run as a D or an R like our state lawmakers do.
Moore is an active evangelical Christian. Preaching is more his God-given gift than having the influence to decide the learning direction of our city’s children. I wonder if in Moore’s enthusiasm for the Speaker, he bothered to ask the former Speaker about how he will use his Christian values and carry out Christ’s social call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and heal the sick. I hope Federal Way School Board President Tony Moore knows those numbers are rising among the children of his district. Maybe Moore should ask that also of the values-based Christians he’s associated with.
Instead of Moore taking time out to socialize with people of his party, perhaps he should have been back at his office focused on fixing our broken school system including why only 51 percent of freshman students statistically will complete the 12th grade in the Federal Way Public Schools.
President Moore, anytime you would like to have a conversation, we will welcome you. This is your formal invite.
Occupy Federal Way (firstname.lastname@example.org)