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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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Calan December 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM
...It is my greatest hope that parents are involved, that children feel safe and free from being bullied, harassed, etc. I hope for a day that a child does not fear being bullied, but I fear that day is further off then it should be. Mayor Daniels reminds me of how far away that day really could be, ya know?
c December 11, 2011 at 12:53 AM
People are never going to agree on this subject. Do we continue to beat a dead horse or do we move on? Is this helping anyone or even the reputation of the city to continue this course. She has said her apologies and due to her beliefs does not agree with gay marriage. Is it a crime? NO! Does is mean that she dislikes gay people? NO! It just means she doesn't believe in marriage between same sex partners. Many people do not. It is time to move forward in our community.
ljd December 11, 2011 at 12:55 AM
Thanks Calan.....Yes, parents need to be more involved in many ways to protect our children from bullying etc.....One thing came to mind while reading all this....there are parents that have the kids that are the bullies and that is where is should start but I think some of these parents suffer from the "Not my kid syndrome" that their kids coouldn't possibly bully others and that is where alot of the problems begin. I have experienced one of those types of parents, he thinks his kids is perfect which in fact he is one of those silent bullies that never gets caught. Those kind are worse than the big mouth bullies. It's those parents that are in denial about their own kids behavior!! Thanks and have a great night!!
Calan December 11, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Linda, I agree with you whole heartedly, I think a lot of parents want to think their child is above such things, but often those parents see what they want to see. The silent bullies or catalysts can def. be the worst. They never have their hand in the cookie jar but somehow they always have a cookie. I hope you and your family have a great night as well.
j schmidt December 11, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Yes "enough is enough" and this is what happens when you have a bigot for a mayor. She clearly does not truly care or have meaning in her apology. If she did, she would have apologized much sooner, instead, she tried to stand behind her right to free speech. It was only after public outcry that she apologizes. I will boycott the city as long as she is in office. A true apology would be to leave and let someone who is truly qualified to step in. ....NYC is NYC because of what the great city of New York does. Troy has now shown what Troy does.
j schmidt December 11, 2011 at 04:45 PM
@C, it surely sounds like she dislikes gay people, saying that she wants to give her bag back to NYC because the "queers" can get married, definitely does not sound like she likes gay people. It was only after being pressured that she apologized. Before her apology, she made a twitter statement which defended her comments, and defended it by stating her right to free speech. So, I think we are all smart enough to really know what is going on here. Oh, and it is discrimination to not "believe" in gay marriage. All men and women are created equal, marriage is a legal right. Please see the clip below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Crt3ogpvycM
Bonnie Caprara December 11, 2011 at 08:00 PM
I left a comment on Michigan Faith & Freedom Coalitions Facebook wall. It was yanked within three hours: I wanted to applaud your efforts to encourage people to shop in Troy during the holiday season until I saw the caveat to your mission: “Rally for Troy & Against Extreme Groups.” Please explain to me what your group defines as “extreme group.” From what I can see, it seems as if you’re antagonizi­ng people who don’t share your interpreta­tions of religious and political beliefs. If you are truly committed to healing and restoring Troy’s reputation­, I suggest you take a few minutes to contemplat­e Proverbs 17:9: “He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends.”
Audre Zembrzuski December 11, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Cathy you are so wrong when you say it wasn't what she said in June, why do you think all those people came to the council meeting if someone didn't get if off her Facebook, and then sent to to someone to put it on a blog and pass it all over the country. It could have stayed right here in Troy and would have been handled just fine, but no that couldn't be -- all the hate had to come out. This was a political thing done by the people that didn't win and now they want everyone to hate her. I know gay people and have gone to their parties, but not one acted like the people that went to the council meeting, infact why didn't this come out when she was running for Mayor, that is when people go after them, NO they waited until she won the Mayor's race, SHAME ON ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE Like Mr. Clark said enough is enough.
Linda December 11, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Bonnie, You are not alone. I know of several comments that got yanked. This is typical of the way that group, TCU and any thing associated with Bob Gosselin and Glenn Clark operates. They want transparency, but only for what they want others to believe. Real team players, don't you think? They have deepened the wounds of the city by bringing politics into this. The bottom line is the onus is with Janice. She said it - she owns it. What is surprising is that she was the one always attacking Mayor Schilling at the city council meetings. Karma?
Audre Zembrzuski December 11, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Linda, I only stated that because this goes on in all schools, not just Troys, and it was said to a friend (which I believe was wrong-but it doesn't make her a bad person) She will make a better Mayor than the last one, and the one before that. So she said she was sorry, sometimes I never would have heard anyone say that to the people. All schoold have problems, so why don't we move on. You people are keeping it going, so it seems like someone was a poor loser in not winning in the election.
Audre Zembrzuski December 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Linda, you have the problem. She didn't attack Mrs. Schilling, she was fighting to keep the Library opened for all the kids and parents, I don't know who you were listening to but, I know that is what she was fighting (not the right word) for every time she spoke. Were you at all the meetings??
Randy Husk December 11, 2011 at 11:51 PM
I posted the following on the Michigan Faith and Freedom wall...lets see how long it lasts. They clearly have an agenda but accuse everyone else of having an agenda. I don't believe that a boycott of Troy Businesses is the proper way to show frustration with a Mayor who turns out to be a Bigot. If she really cared about the City of Troy she would immediately resign because this is going to disrupt the city and cast a negative light on our great community for many months and then more disruption from an inevitable recall effort....Please encourage Daniels to resign now and spare the City this embarrassment.
Bonnie Caprara December 12, 2011 at 12:46 AM
Randy, your comment has lasted 52 minutes, so far. I tried to "Like" it, but I've been blocked from posting on that page.
Bonnie Caprara December 12, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Audre, I've seen Janice in action and I've seen her go after the previous mayor and council as well as city administration with the tenacity of a pit bull on steroids at every meeting. Furthermore, the ideas Janice and her TCU friends proposed for keeping the library open lacked merit, and not just because city administrators and the former city council said it couldn't work. If you knew anything about sustainable funding and budgets, especially fund balances (a lot of people don't, so please don't take offense), you would know that their ideas wouldn't work. I think it's sad that the former mayor and council made a diligent effort with the last library millage request to make everyone happy, and yet their efforts were still fraught with opposition from Janice and TCU -- especially some really appalling misinformation they passed around to defeat that millage.
Thomas T December 12, 2011 at 02:17 AM
"Move on"? Really? Janice's words will be repeated over and over by kids, to other kids who may very well kill themselves. I guess by "move on" you mean "move on to a cemetery". She is an unrepentant bigot who should be ashamed of herself, but clearly isn't. The citizens of Troy - ALL of them - deserve better.
ljd December 12, 2011 at 02:56 AM
If kids repeat words like this over and over is not the fault of that mayor....that would be the fault of the parents. The home is where it starts for our children.........
Calan December 12, 2011 at 03:26 AM
Audre, This is were you are wrong, Much of the anger, upset and hurt has as much to do with her handling of this situation when news broke as what was said on FB in June. My opinion of her has dropped dramatically at each turn of her handling of this since I read the quote to begin with. It was 100% in her power to handle it completely had her first instincts not been to push back rather then make a genuine apology. Apologies that have conditions, caveats and "buts" in them are not genuine apologies. I asked you twice now, if the military families have the patriot guard to shield them from hate, who do the LBGT youth of Troy have. I can only feel from your lack of response that you either don't know, don't care or you think it is a non issue. So let me make this perfectly clear to you. This is not political to me, this is not about who was or was not elected, this isn't about the Transit, the Library, how long people can speak at council meetings, who hooks up in the oval office or anything else so meaningless and petty when compared to the lost lives when our youth take their own lives, unable to face hate and bulling any longer. You know what I saw at monday nights council meeting--people facing a bully, and not backing down, some could have said things in a more "gentle" way--I also saw a defiant Mayor who was not going to give an inch, because she thinks she has the high ground.
Calan December 12, 2011 at 03:46 AM
So Audre, I pose a new question to you, maybe this one you will answer. I will make it multiple choice... Playing the part of political strategist, when is the most advantageous time time to reveal her fb remarks-- a) After Mayor Daniels wins the election and can only be removed either by her resignation or a recall election that can't take place for many many months. b) Never, things such as bigotry, racism, sexism, and like should be kept within that inner circle of those in the know. c) Before the election, when the voters have the chance actually have more of a say at the voting booth. For me, I find it a slap in the face that one of those people that did see it in June didn't bring it to light. More then likely alot of people knew about this comment, but kept it in the circle of those in the know, for all we know, you knew about this comment yourself back in June, you certainly comment as if you are her bff, defending her as a nice person and all. I think that often with this type of comment someone slips and tells someone that doesn't see things the same way as that inner circle sees it. --A little off the subject, but not exactly, a few years ago, a guy working for me called in sick, shortly after posted to his status that he had called in sick and was really going hunting.... Less then 4 hours later someone in the office was showing me his status--they thought it was hilarious that he was that "ignorant" to post that on his fb page...
danny December 12, 2011 at 04:10 AM
All I can say at this point is poor, poor, poor Troy. Me, my family, my extended family nor my friends will spend one cent in Troy until this is remedied. And I will convince anyone who will listen to do the same. And i will not stop and I will not "drop it" and I will not stop talking about it. There are only two situations that will change it for me. A crystal clear apology by Janice Daniels that indicates she was terribly offensive, bigoted and has learned something.... Or her removal from office by resignation, recall or voted out in the next election. This is absolutely not political. It is much much bigger that politics.
Calan December 12, 2011 at 04:12 AM
One Last Thing Audre (I was away from the computer most of the day---lots of stored up thoughts) Speaking about the council meeting last monday. How many of the people getting up to make comments are regulars at meetings? This thread may have more people that don't mind going to a meeting, and some even that are not afraid to stand up and comment about something-- I think tho, most people would rather have a root canal then go sit at a council meeting then get up and speak in front of the council and the audience. For a normal meeting, I for one think I could go, but then I would have to get in the car, drive down there, etc., and I could just stay home and skim the report on the meeting later and hope the people that were elected do thier job. And so many people, they got in their cars, drove down there, and they had something to say, hours of comments, and it makes you wonder, if so many people, many of which probably havn't been to a council meeting in months, years or ever and how many would normally get up in front of a group and speak--I just think it should give you pause to think how seriously Daniels comments--their tone and context and her lack of genuine apology--has really hit a nerve with the community at large.
Lori December 12, 2011 at 04:38 AM
BRAVA, Linda! Let he who is without sin throw a stone! Are you people crazy?! All of your hate comments are no better than Ms. Daniels' Facebook comment. You all should be asamed of yourselves.
Jasun Mark December 12, 2011 at 05:29 AM
Kimberly: Sorry but No. She can have her "opinion" all she wants. But when you advocate taking away, stoping or limiting the protections and rights of my family, don't' think I'm going to just smile and say "Oh dear... that's her opinion." Not going to happen. Linda: Saying that she doesn't want to be associated with or promote tourism to a state that allows "the queers" to get married IS hating the gay community. Spin it all you want... if you want my family to be legally below yours, that's hate. Don't agree with me, look up "Rosa Parks" to see what she had to say on the subject. Lori: The first stone has already been thrown. Sorry but you can't pick a fight with a whole community and then decide that "it's time to move on" when you see what a storm you've stirred up. We were the ones attacked and WE will decide when it's time to let it go. (and spare me those silly bible verses you all hide behind. The day you follow 5% of the rules laid out in the bible is the day I'll die of shock.)
Lone Ranger December 12, 2011 at 05:13 PM
The only thing in Troy I want to boycott is the Troy Patch!!! Giving so much press to these anti-first amendment whackos is hurting Troy! A community newspaper should build up that area, not help destroy it! It's a bleeping shame we are surrounded by numbskulls that will boycott an entire city because a private citizen made a remark! If these morons want to use these standards, shouldn't they be boycotting all U.S. goods because of the numerous racist remarks VP Biden made in the past??? Stupid double standards!
Randy_Perino December 12, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Trying to get rid of the whacko in the mayor's office. She's more suited for a 1925 city council. Looking forward to a lot of public comment tonight Troy!
John Deuel December 12, 2011 at 05:43 PM
Hey, Lone Ranger, we're not against the First Amendment in any way shape or form. The parts of it relevant to this discussion say "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech..." None of us are asking Congress to muzzle Janice Daniels, you or anyone else. As for boycotting Troy Patch, please don't do that. The conversations are never quite as interesting if they're all one-sided, don't you think?
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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