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“’What church do you belong to?’ An Atheist Runs for Office in Grand Rapids.”Date:
January 28, 2004
The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Kathryn Lynnes brought to our attention the recent spate of articles in the Grand Rapids Press, a paper that often gets her blood pressure up, regarding State Representative, Joanne Voorhees and her comments associating being a decent citizen with Christianity. When other faith groups chimed in, taking her to task for this elitist and narrow viewpoint, she tried to amend her remarks but couldn’t help herself from soldiering on down the same lines of “reasoning.” Ironically, in the Press the very next day, there was a Public Pulse letter from Voorhees, trying to say again that she meant no disrespect to other religions, but which contained the closing line: “I trust people with a world view based on faith and am privileged to serve them.”
About Kathryn Lynnes, BS,Juris Doctor
Environmental consultant, Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.
Kathryn Lynnes graduated with honors from Michigan Technological University with a BS in civil engineering. After working as an environmental engineer for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska for two years, she returned to school and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Ms. Lynnes’s academic and professional accomplishments were achieved despite a life-long struggle with bipolar disorder. After a severe episode of suicidal depression she chose to “come out of the closet” about her illness and publicly advocate for persons with mental illness. She has told her story to local and national media and was featured in articles on mental health insurance parity in The New York Times and Kiplinger’s’ Personal Finance magazine.