Letter to the Editor: Troy Mayor 'Keeps Injecting Religion Into Everything'
"I hope you will do something to stop this behavior and prevent people like her in the future from selfishly using and abusing Troy's good name for their own religious, political and personal advantage," writes Troy resident Sharon MacDonell.
The following is an open letter to Troy City Council submitted by Troy resident Sharon MacDonell.
Dear Troy City Council Members:
Isn't it time to put a stop to Janice Daniels' promoting Christian organizations, Christian conversions of our international neighbors and her religious bigotry against gay people? She has invited as her official guests bigots like David Wisz and Gary Glenn, spewing their hate at city council meetings.
On her quasi-official website at janiceformayor.com, she promotes religious groups and their activities and shamelessly promotes herself and her religious philosophies. Friends of mine who are Jewish and other religions write to me in horror about the apparent endorsement of one and only one religion in Troy today – Ms. Daniels' own particular interpretation of Christianity.
I thought she cared about personal freedom! I thought she cared about individual rights! How dare she shove her religion down the throats of all of the good people of Troy? She wasn't elected to be our minister.
She was supposed to fix Troy, yet she has nothing to add to the financial conversation. She voted against opening the library on Saturdays, and she keeps injecting religion into everything. And now she wants to put restrictions on marriage and divorce in Troy?
Ms. Daniels' personal political site should not look so very much like an official city website, without some sort of disclaimer. At the very least, Ms. Daniels' website should say: "This site and its opinions are not endorsed by the City of Troy, its government, its charter, nor its staff."
I DEMAND that she remove the city's motto and the words "Troy Michigan" from the top of the site. When it comes time to change the ethics rules, I hope you will do something to stop this behavior and prevent people like her in the future from selfishly using and abusing Troy's good name for their own religious, political and personal advantage.
Married mother of two who does NOT need MARRIAGE advice from my divorced mayor!
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