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(The Detroit_News)   Grand Rapids rapids may become grand and rapid again   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Grand Rapids, state Department of Natural Resources, fisheries management, bike trails, Petoskey, rapid  
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2013-02-16 12:46:24 PM  
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ZeroCorpse: I just moved away from Grand Rapids for the last time. If I can help it, I will never live there again.

It's the conservative armpit of Michigan. You can't drive two miles without seeing some business marquee giving a shout-out to Jesus, Fox News, or Chick Fil A. Some of them just have a little Jesus fish on their sign or door, letting the heathens know their business isn't welcome there. Other places will actually play Christian music over the public address system, so you don't have any doubt that they love Jesus more than you do.

A few of the businesses make sure to tell you, on their marquee, that they support high-profile companies that oppose same-gender marriage. During the whole "Occupy" thing, I saw a few businesses proclaiming that "Occupiers won't be served", which is idiotic since I don't recall too many Occupy protests happening in Grand Rapids.

If you're not a Christian or Conservative, Grand Rapids always feels a bit oppressive. Some people who have lived there for a long time have gotten used to it, but all one needs to do is get away to understand just how repugnant and unwelcoming the people of Grand Rapids (and the surrounding towns) are to non-Christians and non-Conservatives.

The place has improved SLIGHTLY over the years, but the same mentality that allowed some angry conservative to smash my car window and crumple up a sticker supporting a Democratic candidate is still there. The same mentality that got me fired once because the owner of the business saw me carrying a copy of "The God Delusion" is still widely accepted as the norm. The place looks all nice and sweet, but under the surface is the toxic rancor of religious persecution, xenophobia, and political intolerance.

I  hate Grand Rapids, Michigan.

/However, oddly enough, they do have one of the better science museums in the state.
//The "cool" people in the downtown area are mostly pretentious louts.

So you know how it feels to be a Christian on Fark?
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