The Freedom from Religion Foundation is urging Hudsonville, Mich., to remove from its website a reference to city officials striving “to serve God.”
The foundation sent a letter to Mayor Don VanDoeselaar, asking the city to remove the reference to God from its mission statement.
The foundation’s co-president, Annie Laurie Gaylor, said the group sent the letter after it received a complaint from a Hudsonville resident.
She wrote VanDoeselaar that it “is not the business of a city in our secular republic to ‘strive to serve God.’”
“A city should have no religious beliefs,” Gaylor said in the letter.
Update: After consulting an attorney, the mayor of Hudsonville recently announced that the phrase “to serve God” will not be removed from its mission statement.