ByÂ Matt Vande Bunte, mlive.com
GRAND RAPIDS, MI â€“ Confronted with an onslaught of criticism tonight from city residents, Mayor George Heartwell publicly apologized for labeling “ultraconservative” political and religious people asÂ â€œforces of darkness”Â during a speech last week at a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan.
â€œMy comments were terribly insensitive and I regret them, and to those that I hurt I deeply apologize,â€ Heartwell interjected during a public comment period near the end of tonightâ€™s City Commission meeting.
Heartwell’s comments last week at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture ParkÂ sparked objection from many MLive commenters. Heartwell said he also received e-mails from around the country, some labeling him as a demonic force and others offering to pray for him.
Tonight, several residents identified themselves as Heartwellâ€™s â€œforces of darknessâ€ and cautioned the ordained minister to rethink his perspective on Planned Parenthood. He was criticized for speaking at a Planned Parenthood function, and one resident questioned Heartwellâ€™s spiritual convictions.
â€œYouâ€™re messing with God himself,â€ said Grand Rapids resident Barb Hickedy. â€œBe careful what holy ground you may be walking on or desecrating.â€
Some speakers thanked Heartwell for his apology, while adding their disappointment with his comments.
â€œAnybody else want to beat up on the mayor tonight?â€ Heartwell asked at one point during the public comment period.
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