American Association for Nude Recreation Responds to Virginia Governor Comments

    KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following letter was
 transmitted to Gov. Mark Warner at 3 p.m. today:
      April 16, 2004
      Hon. Mark R. Warner
      State of Virginia
      State Capitol, 3rd Floor
      Richmond, Virginia 23219
      Fax: (804) 371-6351
                        Via Facsimile - Copy Via U.S. Mail to Follow
      Re:  Your amendment to HB 158 and accompanying remarks ...
      Dear Governor Warner,
      On behalf of the American Association for Nude Recreation, our members in
 Virginia, and all parents, I am writing to express our great disappointment
 with your recent amendments to House Bill 158 and accompanying sophomoric
      These developments are particularly disconcerting given that a delegation
 of concerned parents and representatives of White Tail Park made a
 considerable effort to meet with your staff where they voiced very legitimate
 concerns about this bill after it was reported from the senate.   It wasn't
 enough to simply ignore these parents and voters.  Instead, your "commentary"
 dropped in pun after pun referencing nudity and the human body.
      Frankly, we can't think of a stronger argument for programs that promote
 wholesome body acceptance than the fact that Virginia's highest office is
 helpless to discuss this subject without reverting to vocabulary more fitting
 for a college frat house than the state house. Especially when critical 14th
 Amendment questions are involved.  Let's just recap:
      (1) The Virginia legislature and you singled out a group of parents and
 targeted them with a piece of legislation that takes away their right to make
 fundamental decisions about how to raise their children and whom to entrust
 with their care;
      (2) You did so without any evidence of a single documented problem but
 simply because you disagreed with what they do;
      (3) You made fun of these parents and voters with every pun that you, and
 perhaps your speechwriters, could think of so that you could laugh while
 dismantling what should be cherished rights under the 14th Amendment.
      It's a chilling thought for any parent who homeschools a child, belongs
 to a religious sect you can't understand, or whomever you elect to target
      Taking away parental rights, freedoms, and laughing about it.  Just when
 did Virginia government stop being the institution where the gravity and value
 of freedom prompted delegates like Patrick Henry to vow "Give me liberty or
 give me death"?
      Very Truly Yours,
      Pat Brown

SOURCE American Association for Nude Recreation

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