It came down to the addition of a single word for the a tree lighting ceremony, but that word carried enough significance for borough Councilwoman Charlene Storey to resign.
Minutes after the council voted 4-2 Thursday night to change the name of the ceremony from A Tree Lighting to A Christmas Tree Lighting, the councilwoman-at-large, left the meeting. She later submitted her letter of resignation with the municipal clerk's office.
"I cannot in good conscience continue to be part of a council that is exclusionary or to work with a Mayor who is such," Storey said in her letter.
When reached today, Storey said she regretted having to resign, but said the change "cuts non-Christians out of the loop and favors one religion."
Storey, who was raised Catholic but is now a "non-believer" and has never hidden that fact, said the issue is a matter of principle.
Changing the ceremony, she said, "turned it from a non-religious event to a religious one."
Storey said Mayor Carl Hokanson had briefly mentioned the idea of making the change several days ago. However, Storey said the resolution for the change was not listed on the agenda and she was surprised when it was brought up at the meeting.
She said she had checked other municipalities and only found events, tree lightings or holiday tree lightings, and none that included the word Christmas.
Storey I hope the Muslims get a hold on you, they will make a believer out of you, or kill you in the proses. Which ever you chose!
She's middle age and chubby...only thing they'd want her for was beheading practice.
Good one. :-)
Suppose I wanted to set up a public menorah, would any of you support that?
Peter, of course.
Why wouldn't we?
Yep. Set up the Menorah. Freedom OF religion, not freedom from religion.
Don't let the door hit ya in the ass on the way out! They should have a good riddance party!
They don't ever give you a choice.....
Storey, you heretic idiot heathen. Someone pray for this woman; she needs it badly.
Good for this town, about time. You will NOT be missed lady. Merry Christmas to you and all others.