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Counterterrorism expert to talk at Forsyth Tea Party meeting

FORSYTH COUNTY -- A local political group will hear from an expert on security and terror next week.

On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Center at Charles’ Place, the Forsyth County Tea Party will hear from Christopher Holton, vice president of the Center for Security Policy, who will speak on counterterrorism and against Sharia laws.

“We’d love to have a good group. He is coming from Louisiana to speak with us,” said Tom Daughtry, co-chair of the party. “I thought it would be appropriate because of what’s transpired here in the last few days [in Orlando] and people might be a little more interested in what is going on.”

Holton is the co-author of several books on national security and works toward taking away taxpayer funded pension systems from foreign companies that do business with certain Islamic governments.

“We try to have speakers that are of interest to our members and any other people that want to come out,” Daughtry said. “We have speakers of all different types to educate us on what is going on, as opposed to what we see on television sometimes.”

The Forsyth County Tea Party formed in 2009 and is a different entity than the United Tea Party of Georgia, which meets in Cumming, Suwanee and Lawrenceville.

“The local politics we’re concerned with is the zoning and the never-ending number of houses popping up all over the county overcrowding our schools and our roads and our parks and everything else,” Daughtry said.

“When the elections come around we host debates and we have in the past actually endorsed candidates in the Republican primary. Of course the Republican Party can’t do that.”

The party meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Charles’ Place senior center at 595 Dahlonega Highway.