The female mayor of Irving, Texas, is getting a new level of media coverage after the city took a stand last week against Sharia law.
In an interview with The Blaze, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne noted that she’s going to be the subject of a Dallas Morning News profile and has “never seen this type of questioning” from the media in 11 years in public office.
Among the questions the Morning News wanted answered were the usual topics covered by a local paper – greatest accomplishments in office, the status of various projects – but there were two that really stood out.
They’re not questions that come up in the normal course of business for most elected officials.
“Do you have full custody of your children? (Are you a full-time parent, in other words?)”
“I believe you’ve been in a relationship for a few years now. Could you tell me a little about your partner/boyfriend?”
Van Duyne told The Blaze she was “absolutely” taken by surprise. What could her custodial relationship to her children have to do with her performance as mayor?
“I hesitate to even question why that would be,” she said. “This reporter seems to like to write from a particular angle.”
She refused to answer the questions, but Van Duyne should probably get used to the attention. In a move that made national news last week, the Irving City Council voted 5-4 Thursday to support a bill in the state Legislature that would prohibit foreign laws from being used in place of federal or state laws.
While the Irving ordinance didn’t mention Sharia specifically – or even religion as a topic – the Texas bill was inspired by the creation of an Islamic court in Irving. Made up of local imams, the court is supposed to mediate disputes between Muslims, but critics say it’s intended as a foothold for Sharia law.
The Texas state bill and the Irving city ordinance are aimed at keeping that foothold to a minimum. And Van Duyne made her goal crystal clear in a February Facebook post.
“American citizens need to remember that their rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and I believe no one should subjugate themselves to anything less …[P]lease know if it is determined that there are violations of basic rights occurring, I will not stand idle and will fight with every fiber of my being against this action. Our nation cannot be so overly sensitive in defending other cultures that we stop protecting our own. The American Constitution and our guaranteed rights reigns supreme in our nation and may that ever be the case.”
For that, Van Duyne is being subjected to media attention that includes questions such as “are you a full-time parent?”
After Thursday’s vote, she’s likely to hear more, even more intrusive questions.
She better be getting used to it.
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