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Hudsonville's "God" Troubles
(2008-02-19)
(wgvu) - The mission statement on Hudsonville's
Web site says its City Commission and administrators "strive to
serve God."
That isn't sitting well with the Freedom from Religion
Foundation, a Madison, Wis.-based group that advocates for the
separation of church and state.
Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor tells The Grand
Rapids Press that the group sent the letter on behalf of a
Hudsonville resident who wants the reference to God stricken from
the Web site. She declined to identify the resident.
Gaylor says government neutrality toward religion is the only
way to guarantee religious liberty for all citizens.
Mayor Don VanDoeselaar says city officials won't respond until
they talk with their lawyers.
About 7,000 people live in Hudsonville, whose motto is
"Michigan's Salad Bowl."
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