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.
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!
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 !!!!!!!