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.

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well, then, she's a loon; isn't she?

I find this despicable woman (or whatever gender she's pretending to be) absolutely offensive. I say, Off with her empty head! Immediately!

I guess you're another non Christian calling for violence here as she's not a Christian. So, are you pretending to be a civilized human? Many here are posting like knuckle dragging neanderthals. It bodes ill for the real conservative TEAParty movement.

RB....you come up with some of the most assinine conclusions about people you don't even know based on a single comment from people who are fed-up and frustrated.  Stop acting like you're holier than everybody else................that's not a Christian characteristic either in case you weren't aware...

MC ... Excuse me Sweet Cheeks; but exactly where in YOUR bible do you find God's word directing you to opine that others views are "asinine"[check it, one 's' is correct)? Or, for that matter, to call someone a "jackass". You seem so ready to quote bible references LINE AND VERSE, please provide me with YOUR biblical citation(s) sanctioning your derogatory speech? Just askin' Sugar Lips?

OMG, U R so HOT, BABY!

NEVER, NEVER ... I'VE SEEN THE LIGHT; AND YOU ARE IT. THE LIGHT OF MY LIFE. DID I TELL YOU THAT I THINK I LOVE YOU?

I HAVE SEXY SELFIES TOO. BE GENTLE WITH ME SUGAR LIPS, NO HICKIES OR TONGUES ... NOW SWEAR ON YOUR BIBLE.

You know what, Robert?  Quite frankly, I am sick to death of a small percentage of Americans, make that Atheists & Muslims, trying to change our customs & traditions because it "OFFENDS" them.    Sick of it!    

I think all REAL Conservatives are sick of people who are offended by "everything" and the frustration is growing!   I read it, I hear it...everywhere I go.  People are speaking out more than ever.

American 1st , I agree with you, I think the pendulum is on it;s return swing !

        *** COULDN'T AGREE MORE ***

Maybe if we light enough Christmas Trees, they will all resign.

You can call the tree anything you want.  It's just that the Government must not favor one religion, such as Christianity, over others, such as Judaism, Hinduism, and a score more. I don't object to calling the tree a Christmas tree, just as long as other sects have the same freedom to put up their own symbols in the same manner.

To an extent I agree, that other Religions can also display their respective symbols but only for the days that are consistent with their own HOLY DAYS, and NOT to merely disrespect another Religion's symbol or Holiday.

ATHEISM is the antithesis of Religion and does NOT qualify as a RELIGION !!!!! Therefore they should be representing that which they believe in, which is as I see it,  is.......... NOTHING !!!!!!!

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Horrible: Democrats Set The Constitution On Fire With Fraudulent Impeachment

House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

Democrats first demanded that the “whistleblower” be allowed to testify. But after House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was found to have lied about his committee’s contact with the “whistleblower,” and after details of the “whistleblower’s” bias began to leak, Democrats reversed course. In violation of the President Trump’s Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser, Democrats refused to allow the “whistleblower” to testify. They argue the president’s procedural rights, even if they existed, would not apply until he was tried in the Senate — but they also invented a fraudulent “right to anonymity” that, they hope, might conceal the whistleblower even then.

Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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