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Loudoun Democrats Call on Leesburg Pastor to Recant Inflammatory Remarks

CONTACT: Lissa Savaglio, chair@loudoundemocrats.org

Pastor Gary Hamrick accused School Board Members of “emotional child abuse”

LEESBURG, VA – The Loudoun County Democratic Committee was extremely disheartened to hear that one of our community’s religious leaders made inflammatory and insidious remarks about several Loudoun elected officials during a service at Cornerstone Chapel this morning.

In his Sunday, May 30th sermon, Pastor Gary Hamrick took to the pulpit to accuse six Loudoun County School Board members of “emotional child abuse,” opening his chapel’s atrium to political campaigning, and invoking the name of God to incite political action.

We are deeply concerned about the consequences of such rhetoric, having witnessed a recent rise in threats to the safety of the Loudoun School Board members. Furthermore, this irresponsible accusation of child abuse minimizes and tarnishes the people and organizations that seek to protect our children. 

We call on Pastor Gary Hamrick to recant his allegations due to the libelous and inflammatory nature of the remarks. Unfounded statements such as these not only hurt our community that he is meant to serve but have dangerous ramifications for the incitement of violence.