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Faith-Based Group on Troy Mayor Controversy: 'Enough is Enough'

The Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition denounces the backlash against Janice Daniels and urges residents to 'Shop Troy' for the holidays.

During a time of year when people are often more festive, generous and selfless, Troy resident Glenn Clark is urging others to move past the controversy surrounding newly elected Troy Mayor Janice Daniels and support the city's local businesses during the holidays.

Clark, president of Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition, is urging residents to do their shopping in the city with its "Home for the Holidays: Shop Troy" campaign. The group will feature and promote one local business on its Facebook page each day leading up to Christmas.

Clark's request for residents to "Shop Troy" comes after Daniels' anti-gay Facebook status update , inciting who , and vowed to boycott Troy businesses until Daniels is .

"People need to support Troy retailers because there’s real people behind those store marquees, and real families and children," Clark said. "We need to get back to normalcy and start coming together as a community."

Clark said he and other members of the group agree that what Daniels posted on Facebook is unacceptable, but the situation has since been "grossly exaggerated."

"I don’t condone her words," Clark said. "I told her it was wrong, but that’s not related to her conduct as mayor of Troy. She wasn’t mayor when she said that, and she’s apologized for it, and I don’t understand how people can be so vindictive.”

Clark said he and other members of the group have taken offense to the reactions the mayor's post has received locally and nationally in the past week.

"Those who supported the other candidate have been using it as a political weapon to really rip apart our city," Clark said. "We said, enough is enough. This is a time that should be of good will toward men, peace on earth."

Clark said that from now until Christmas, the group will be featuring one local business a day and encouraging residents to shop there. “You’ll see some familiar names as we move forward and some unfamiliar, smaller mom-and-pop operations," he said.

Thursday, Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalition encouraged locals to shop at ; today, the coalition is featuring at Big Beaver and Rochester roads.

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Lone Ranger December 12, 2011 at 06:26 PM
John, the 14th amendment makes the 1st amendment applicable to state and local governments. It also makes article vi, section 3 of the constitution apply - no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. Calling for her ouster by city council for either her speech or religious beliefs is a violation of her rights! Dialogue is better, but most of the people on here aren't interested in that!
John Deuel December 12, 2011 at 10:38 PM
Lone, I'm glad you didn't decide to boycott Troy Patch. This isn't about her religious beliefs. It's about her prejudice against gay *people*, not marriage equality. Her ability to govern has been compromised and she has decidedly not repaired it. People are calling for her to resign because she sets a horrible example. Her initial slur and, more importantly, subsequent handling of herself is embarrassing. Allowing her to remain in office unchallenged sets a horrible example to our children. In contrast, calling for her resignation is a part of our free speech. For a citizen to have a litmus test for the choices they make on election day may be naive, but it's not unconstitutional. The constitution forbids the *government* from enacting such a test, right?
canseeallsides December 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM
It's more than her, shine the light toward the other city servants and you will see they are mostly bullies too and worse! Not all of them but no question, there is a systemic, institutional problem that is taught, maintained and covered from the top down. Go to every council meeting and tell them how you feel, it will be more effective than saying it on here! Call them, write them, email them, post on every blog. Shine the light in these dark spirits before it is too late! Good luck Troy, you need it! BOYCOTT NESTLE http://boycotttroy.com
ljd December 13, 2011 at 12:58 AM
It is true this feed is just being commented to death at this point. *Canseeallsides, you are correct to say to got to every meeting and make yourself heard...pester them in every way of communication possible.....
Kimberley Cece December 14, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Merchants and citizens, and everyone has the right to support whomever they choose. Why must a federal case be made out of it? Tolerance is needed from all sides..not just one person's.

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