It’s too early to tell whether Larry Pegram will be elected to City Council to represent District 9, but he does have some powerful backers, including Mayor Chuck Reed. Pegram, who identifies with the religious right, promised not to raise the issues near and dear to him as a member of City Council.
Reed’s endorsement focused on Pegram’s ability to deal with fiscal issues, or as he said, “I need members on the Council who are concerned about the fiscal issues, who understand the fiscal issues, and who are willing to stand up to special interest groups and say no, in order to protect the services to our residents.” Indeed, Pegram’s campaign pledge reads that, our first priority has to be getting our residents back to work!” with a focus on small businesses. There’s no mention of Prop 8 or teaching intelligent design.
The problem is that the Values Advocacy Council that Pegram co-founded and headed (and still works for) is continuing to focus on its mission of ensuring that “elected and non-elected officials to make values based decisions and take values oriented actions.”
To that end, the committee has sent a letter and questionnaire to school board candidates to determine where they stand on such issue as the role of religion in education, their stance on abstinence education and abortion, and the teaching of intelligent design. Among the questions they ask, for example, is: “The display of religious articles or symbols has a place on school property. YES/NO.”
This leaves people wondering whether Pegram is behind the questionnaires, and whether he is really focused on fiscal issues, or whether he would rather concentrate on matters of faith.
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