[Ed. – And yes, your first instinct is correct. Exit question: you seriously can’t enjoy a holiday decoration that’s named according to another group’s beliefs? What the heck do we call a menorah lighting then? A branch-of-candles lighting? It’s small-minded and stupid to think you’re being “cut out of the loop” because you don’t have religious or intellectual agreement with everything that happens in the public square. Get back to me if you have to start professing Protestant Christianity in order to hold public office — as New Jersey required in colonial times.]
It came down to the addition of a single word for the a tree lighting ceremony, but that word carried enough significance for [Roselle Park] borough Councilwoman Charlene Storey to resign.
Minutes after the council voted 4-2 Thursday night to change the name of the ceremony from A Tree Lighting to A Christmas Tree Lighting, the councilwoman-at-large, left the meeting. She later submitted her letter of resignation with the municipal clerk’s office.
“I cannot in good conscience continue to be part of a council that is exclusionary or to work with a Mayor who is such,” Storey said in her letter.
When reached today, Storey said she regretted having to resign, but said the change “cuts non-Christians out of the loop and favors one religion.”