Americans United Wants Equal Access in Michigan City

Grand Haven, Michigan is a wonderful town right on Lake Michigan that seems to have a church/state problem on their hands. They’ve got a giant cross on a hydraulic lift in a public park overlooking the lake and Americans United for Separation of Church and State says they have to either take it down or make it an open forum.

A city raising a cross on Sundays for church services is an egregious constitutional violation, so AU asked the town to take the cross down. In response, city officials claimed that members of the public can use the hydraulic lift to display their own symbols and signs. The cross is turned into an anchor during a Coast Guard festival, for example.

Does the city mean it? We’re about to find out. AU just sent the city a request to use the hydraulic lift on behalf of its complainants, who want to attach their own messages and symbols to it during certain days:

*Oct. 26: an LGBT and marriage equality display;

*Dec. 21: a display explaining that “the reason for the season” is the winter solstice;

*Jan. 25, 2015: a pro-choice/women’s rights display;

*March 22, 2015: a display commemorating the first anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Michigan; and

*April 5 and May 7, 2015: an atheist display.

McGinnis and Mayor Geri McCaleb initially told the Tribune that they had not yet seen the second request letter, but it should be interesting to see how this plays out. The newspaper described Grand Haven as a conservative Christian town, so it’s pretty unlikely that city officials are thrilled with AU’s proposal.

I’m working with a group of people right now to put up a humanist display next to a Christmas display at a public park in Muskegon, which is right next door to Grand Haven. But in Muskegon, the city is cooperating and is cool with the whole thing.

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  • abb3w

    Heh. Isn’t April 5 Easter Sunday?

  • Kevin Kehres

    What about Eid?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    *Oct. 26: an LGBT and marriage equality display;

    *Dec. 21: a display explaining that “the reason for the season” is the winter solstice;

    *Jan. 25, 2015: a pro-choice/women’s rights display;

    *March 22, 2015: a display commemorating the first anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Michigan; and

    *April 5 and May 7, 2015: an atheist display.

    SURE YOU CAN HAVE ALL THAT BUT THOSE DAYS ARE ALREADY BOOKED BY JESUS AND ALL THE OTHER DAYS TOO AND ALSO YOURE DISPLAYS HAVE TO BE A CROSS!!!

  • matty1

    Which Eid? You just missed Eid al-Adha for this year, while Eid al-Fitr was back in the summer. You could always put together something for next year though.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    matty1 “Which Eid? You just missed Eid al-Adha for this year, while Eid al-Fitr was back in the summer.”

    I fail to see what locations in Lord of the Ringshave to do with this.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Definitely need to work in a Star and Crescent at some point. Just make sure to have video surveillance going for the inevitable vandalism.

    Oh, and a Skull and Crossbones too. :)

  • chilidog99

    Is that across the river where they do the light and water shows?

  • matty1

    “Lord of the Ringshave”

    Is that one of your ‘specialist’ films?