Hudsonville Challenged for Serving God


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.