Flower Mound's Big "Year of the Bible" Fight Was Nauseatingly Civil

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Damn you, Flower Mound. In December, your mayor, Tom Hayden, stops a Town Council meeting and proclaims 2014 the "Year of the Bible," thus setting the stage for a battle
that can only logically end in Jesus and Richard Dawkins brawling in a no-holds-barred MMA throwdown -- an event we were very much looking forward to covering -- and this is how you react? With a nuanced and respectful discussion of religion in public life?

Especially when Daniel Moran, a nonbelieving UNT student and Texas House candidate, began organizing a protest of Thursday night's Town Council meeting, it seemed that fireworks were inevitable.

Moran accused Hayden of violating the constitutional ban on the establishment of religion, sure, but he did so politely and spent most of his energy lamenting that the mayoral proclamation had made non-Christians feel unwelcome in Flower Mound. Other opponents -- mostly nonbelievers, one self-identified Muslim -- generally shared the critique that the proclamation was divisive.

See also: The Mayor of Flower Mound Has Declared 2014 the "Year of the Bible"

A couple of speakers praised Hayden for his courage. One repeated the line that America was established as a Christian nation; another described Hayden's outreach as mayor to Flower Mound's Hindu and Muslim communities and said that naysayers were sacrificing a chance for honest dialogue at the altar of political correctness.

Through the 45-minute public hearing, Hayden never lost his avuncular demeanor. He would welcome each speaker to the microphone and thank them when they were finished. After Tony, from Richardson, rattled off Bible verses that more or less endorse child labor, rape and genocide, Hayden offered a hearty, and seemingly genuine, "Thank you sir! Glad to have you here tonight!"

His effusive optimism was contagious. One woman, who initially declined to step up to the microphone, cheerfully invited Hayden to attend "a walk to celebrate diversity." Another proclaimed it the "'Year of Diversity' for the whole metroplex." A man who described himself as a "devout nonbeliever" expressed the sincere hope that "we can all start actually talking to each other instead of taking potshots at each other."

It was all a bit dismaying. Instead of sparks of rage, Hayden's "Year of the Bible" seemed to have sparked a healthy and productive conversation.

Yet not all hope is lost. One of the final speakers was a woman running a book-sale fundraiser for the library who told the council that an anonymous donor had given a video disc player complete with 94 classic movies (Casablanca, Mary Poppins, The Graduate, etc.).

"That will whet somebody's whistle!" she squealed. "We hope to have a bidding war take place."

We trust that Jesus and Richard Dawkins will be present.


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CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

"On the seventh day of floating around infinite nothingness, after six days of rest, the FSM said, 'Let there be a Universe, or something!' And there was a Universe, or something not terribly far off. And the FSM saw that it was pretty damn good, especially the bits with a light sauce."

—the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

dfwheathen
dfwheathen

Of course Flower Mound Mayer Tom Hayden kept his composer. All he had to do was get through it and then continue as if it never happened. #Yearofthebible

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I wonder when the Mayor of Flower Mound will declare a year for the following:


- Tipitaka

- Kitab-I-Aqdas

- Jaina Sutras

- The Vedas


(Extra points if you know which religions they go with.)

observist
observist topcommenter

I think it's fine to have a "Year of the Bible" as long as next year is the "Year of the Koran" and the year after that is the "Year of Harry Potter" and the year after that is the "Year of The Da Vinci Code" and the year after that....

xdarkridex
xdarkridex

Just gotta love how all these people who don't live in Flower Mound showed up to chastise the mayor of Flower Mound for something.  


Because, you know, what some politician does in Flower Mound has a HUGE effect on the life of that guy in Richardson.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

How can you get mad at Ned Flanders?

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Maybe now Flower Mound can take care of its important issues, such as dealing with its uncomfortable proximity to Lewisville. (I recommend taking off and nuking the entire site from orbit.)

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

If the religious people would just keep it to themselves, then maybe government could govern without wasting time arguing over religion.

observist
observist topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul If only there were some way to type an obscure word like "Tipitaka" into a computer and have it find information about that word...

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

@observistI'd just be happy if someone in Flower Mound celebrated Yak-Shaving Day. That might be a religious holiday that scares off all of the Marcus High football player/heroin dealers.

roddianne
roddianne

@xdarkridex , as a matter of fact, it did have an effect on people of Richardson...including the CHILDREN.

tbeck888
tbeck888

@xdarkridex Dr. Martin Luther King Jr wrote to those who called him an outsider in Birmingham:


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny... Anyone w
ho lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds."

Besides, Flower Mound welcomes outsiders to speak, and, I have many friends in Flower Mound who cannot speak because they are businessmen and women and their businesses will suffer if people knew they were against this proclamation. I was speaking on their behalf.

ruddski
ruddski

He molested Bart in the rectory.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@Montemalone

Evangelical Republicans cannot keep it to themselves.  They have a religious mandate to force their beliefs on others.

It's what makes them so unsuited for public service.

ruddski
ruddski

Why should "religion" be off the list of things the people argue about?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ruddski 

Aw man no not Ned!?!

Sure you weren't on some dark side web site stream?

ruddski
ruddski

Leftists have an ideological mandate to force their beliefs on others, and their historical acceptance of totalitarianism and deception makes them unfit for American governance.

If leftists didn't lie, they'd never get elected or pass fave policies.

Healthcare act is a good recent example, and this just popped up today

http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/sen-inhofe-obamas-global-warming-claims-president-just-made

I find it a bit scary that there is anyone who can still believe a word this man says.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

It shouldn't. But it should be off the mist of things that people think are necessary for others.

JackJett
JackJett

@ruddski Mr.ruddiski, I knew that I might someday stumble upon something we agree on.  That is the quackery of Scientology.  There is an awesome website called The Underground Bunker that is home for former Scientologist.  As someone who is curious as to how people get into cults I find it insightful.


Funny line and interesting timing about changing your name.  As I post there using my real name too and someone there suggested I tone my questions back or find another name.  

ruddski
ruddski

Or the new Scientology-based show, Quack Dynasty. (I will now change my name and move frequently)

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ruddski 

He never was quite the same after Maude passed.

Although I've heard rumors that the Duck Dynasty folks were sizing him up.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@ruddski  

"I’ve done everything the Bible says — even the stuff that contradicts the other stuff!"

but the no. 1 Ned quote now carries a bit more heft:

"Hey Homie, I can see your doodle?"

Dooh!

ruddski
ruddski

Ned had some problems later in the show's run - the studio hushed it up, and his time in institution was as tightly-wrapped as a Michelle Obama vacation.

Put it this way, you'll not see Ned Flanders on any new network shows any time soon. I think he's still welcome in the rectory, tho.

ruddski
ruddski

There's the rub, many religions have an evangelical mandate, that's why they show up at your door on Saturdays.

I put up with it because I respect their cultural mandates, much like I would never, ever, take booze or a service dog into an Islamic taxi.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ruddski  


"How many were killed in the Battle of Farmers Branch?"


Not enough.

ruddski
ruddski

Oh, you mean when people discuss religion in the public square, wars break out?

How many were killed in the Battle of Farmers Branch?

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