So the brewing kerfluffle on left-wing social media tonight has to do with Troy, Michigan mayor Janice Daniels. Daniels was elected in November. But back in June, she posted this status message:
Janice L. Daniels
I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there. Share · Saturday, June 25 at 6:36pm ·
On her personal page, Mayor Daniels lists “Jesus Christ, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Locke,” and – surprise! – “Ayn Rand” as “people who inspire her.”
Yeah, smells like tea party, don’t it?
Well, anyway. On the breaking of this news, I decided to pay a visit to Mayor Daniels’ FB page for her election campaign to ask a few questions. Questions that I think the citizens of Troy deserve answers to…and really, that I hope will prompt Ms. Daniels to think long and hard about her bigotry and how that not only conflicts with her self-professed “Christianity” but also with her duties and obligations both as an elected official and as someone who has direct control over housing availability to gays in the Oakland County area.
Since I don’t really expect that she will bother to answer them in any meaningful way, I’ve included them here, and taken a screen shot of the question on her page so that there is no question over whether they were actually asked. You can click on the image to see a full-size version. I also included her sickly-sweet pandering to police and military members in her prior status message, for the sake of clarifying some of those questions.
Hi, Mayor Daniels! I'm curious about some things:
1) Which god are you referring to? I just wonder because there's this whole principle of separating church and state that is pretty important in these here United States - in spite of populist pandering that suggests otherwise - and I'd like to know which religious order is running the town of Troy. Since you posted this on your Mayoral campaign page and not on your personal page, I can only assume that it's intended as an official statement that the City of Troy believes that weather comes from God. This may be an issue for non-Christians in your city. Also for climate scientists.
2) When you say "us," do you mean "us white, heterosexual Christians?"
3) Now that the military has repealed Don't Ask, Don't Tell, will you be advising your son to leave the service at his earliest possible convenience so that he does not become infected with "the queer?"
4) As the son of a former marine who taught me from a very young age that military service is a sacred honor and that it should never be used to self-promote, get free meals, or assert that one is "better" than another, how do you reconcile that honorable position with pimping your son out like a Kardashian sister to make shallow flag-waving appeals to get votes?
5) Do you find it troubling that all a person has to do to earn a mayoralty in America today is make empty patriotic and/or "Christian" noises?
6) How can I be assured that my gay friends in the Troy area can rely on you to not discriminate against them when they come to look for homes?There are so many ways to do this that fly under the radar, you know - a higher interest rate, a couple of extra credit checks to damage their rating, claiming the buyer wants to change the selling price, and so forth. How will my friends know that you are not going to discriminate against them, if you so hate homosexuals that you are willing to publicly denounce NY state for allowing gay marriage?
7) How can the citizens of Troy, Michigan be assured that issues of civil rights and protection of discrimination be handled with the dignity and respect that is the birthright of all human beings, knowing that the mayor is openly bigoted against homosexuals?
8) How do you reconcile that "Christianity" you keep pushing with your behavior? Didn't Jesus say "Be ye kind, one unto another; tenderhearted and forgiving...?" Didn't both he and his dad say lots of things like "Judge not, lest ye be judged," and "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth?"
9) Which part of "honor and truthfulness" are you prioritizing by trying to pretend as though your hateful and ignorant status message is anything less than prima facie evidence that you are not fit to serve as either a real estate agent or an elected official?
I'll be screenshotting this series of questions and publishing them on my own website as soon as I hit the "comment" button, so please: don't make it worse by trying to delete the post or duck the issue. There's actually a snowball's chance in August that you could salvage your career(s) by an honest acknowledgement that neither your statement nor your stated beliefs are in line with "Christianity" or "leadership," and that you've learned a difficult but valuable lesson from this ugly episode.
That, Honorable Mayor, is a clue. For the sake of your constituents and for the sake of your own sense of personal integrity, I hope you pick it up quickly.
We shall see what she has to say.