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

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At the December 16 meeting of the Flower Mound Town Council, Mayor Tom Hayden left his seat at the horseshoe, invited the two dozen or so church leaders in attendance to join him at the dais, and extended a middle finger to non-Christians everywhere.

"I'm very fortunate to have had a father who was a great example," Hayden began. "His entire life, he's had one goal in life, and that's to go to heaven. And he's 81 years old and when he dies, everything he's ever wanted in life will be a reality, and that is a great inheritance as a son to have as a father.

"And so, tonight I'm going to do something that's a special proclamation, and the idea of this is to encourage our community to discuss the Bible -- to discuss it with your kids, to discuss it as a family ... I ask that you join with me, Tom Hayden, mayor of the town of Flower Mound, Texas, in proclaiming 2014 to be the year of the Bible in Flower Mound, Texas, and to encourage all residents in their own way to examine the principles and teachings found in the Bible."

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Hayden's remarks, in which he traced the biblical roots of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation and "the fiber of our founding fathers," lasted seven minutes. Then, he turned the mic over to Calvary Chapel pastor Jon Bell, who praised Hayden's "boldness" and directed the people of Flower Mound to the Year of the Bible's official website, thebible2014.com.

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Even for the North Texas exurbs, it was an unusually unapologetic display of Bible thumping by an elected official. And while Hayden is currently basking in praise for having the courage to stand up to the preachers of political correctness bent on extinguishing God from public life, it's worth remembering that not everyone in Flower Mound is an evangelical Christian.

Among those who might take issue with Hayden's use of his official office to promote Christianity are members of the town's lone mosque, nonbelievers like Flower Mound resident Daniel Moran, who's running for the state legislature, and moderate Christians who prefer their church and state to be separate.

Zach Moore, recent president of the DFW Coalition of Reason, says he's "of two minds about it."

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"On the one hand, Mayor Hayden is clearly using his elected office to promote devotional Christian activity, and that clearly violates the spirit, if not the letter of the First Amendment. If he were a Muslim who decreed 2014 to be the 'Year of the Qur'an,' I don't think it would be quite as popular," he wrote in an email this morning. "But on the other hand, we should only be so lucky to have the entire population of Flower Mound read through every word of the Bible. Reading the Bible sincerely and honestly was what led to my apostasy, and I meet atheists all the time who tell me the same thing. Frankly, the Bible is such a powerful tool for the critical evaluation of religion that we atheists should start sponsoring Bible studies."

If Moore's prediction is correct and Hayden's exhortation leads Flower Moundians to turn away from God, then Moran might actually have a shot at winning public office.

Update at 1:18 p.m.: A handful of other local nonbelievers have emailed since the post was published to chime in.

DFWCOR coordinator Alix Jules worries that Hayden's proclamation ignores Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and secular families.

"Perhaps we'll get a chance to break bread with Mr. Hayden at an Atheist Bible Study, where we can share our views over some bacon and shrimp and have a real discussion on how we can achieve more compassionate behavior in Texas, regardless of denominational differences," he writes.

Moran agrees and writes that he is "very ashamed of my mayor."

"Putting aside his mistaken impression of American history in which he falsely claims that the United States was founded as a Christian nation, I find it disappointing that Mayor Tom Hayden feels the need to purposely exclude all people in his town not of the Christian faith," he says. "By declaring this year the 'year of the Bible,' Mayor Hayden is essentially saying that anyone who is a Muslim, Hindu, Zoroastrian, atheist, or not even his particular brand of Christianity that they are not welcome in this town, which is a value that does not belong in any public office anywhere in Texas."

Finally, here's Randy Word of the Metroplex Athiests:

It appears that the mayor has used his elected position to unilaterally declare "year of the bible 2014" in Flower Mound. He also stated that his intent is to connect the community through the bible as well as using local Christian ministers to establish what amounts to a city web site, "thebible2014.com", by proxy. These actions only result in promoting, proselytizing and establishing the Christian religion over all other worldviews in Flower Mound. This clearly violates our Constitution's Establishment Clause. He should be representing all the citizens of Flower Mound not just the Christians. This exclusionary action only further divides an increasingly diverse community. In short the mayor is using his public office to exercise what amounts to nothing more than Christian bullying.

Word says his group has not yet decided whether to take further action.

H/T Fox 4

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102 comments
paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

meh..the bible...its no fifty shades of gray or Hunger Games part V

poshh5
poshh5

My message to  Mayor Tom Hayden is that people are evil and don't believe in biblical things. There are wars all over this world because people are wicked. But some news are encouraging. http://ow.ly/sieQZ

RoaminCadillac
RoaminCadillac

Perhaps it is time to rename the city of Flower Mound to something like

"WASP-vegas."

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Today, I looked at a Google map to find this North Texas city.  Oh, I see, it is near Denton.  Now, I better understand.  I would not want the "Bible Patrol" to stop me if I happened to stray off of IH35.  Why is it that some male Biblical Reconstructionists tend to look like pedophiles?

JackJett
JackJett

In my 35 years of hanging with the most diverse group of friends possible, I am always amazed at one constant.....and that is the fact that men who tend to promote Bible thumping seem to be the nelliest men on the planet and Texas seem to hold the record for Most Fem Religious Hetties.  

And I am in no way suggesting these men are gay....far be it from me to suggest that.   But surely you folks can NOT be BLIND to this.  And I know fem, I see it everyday in the mirror.  Nothing wrong with fem or femdom.  


I think I am just pointing out that Jesus must have an affinity towards effeminate men and in thinking they are best to deliver his message. 


At some point, take the time to Google Charles Pierce and tell me that he doesn't look like Robert Jeffress.  What does that tell us?   Perhaps that Robert Jeffress should deliver his message dressed as Bette Davis....I don't know...I AM JUST pointing out the obvious. 


And this one above....Ms Flower Mound Mayor.......I mean come on.  What is the connection?   Please explain.    And bash....I would expect nothing less than a good flame and bashing after these comments. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

last night, 8:29 p.m. 29 degrees out, the doorbell rings. I ask the wife was that really the doorbell.  I scramble for a t-shirt, my hair disheveled from lying in bed for the last hour watching OU Bama. Its a mother and her 2 children out handing out Baptist Church leaflets spreading the word.  WTF lady.  I politely tell them that I go to the Catholic church down the street and wish them luck.  As the kid  gets ready to walk off he says to his mom, "No one seems interested in joining our church"  I said, its not you kiddo, but its cold and late and most people are probably not to happy to have their doorbell rang when its dark and late.  

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Oh Goody - another endless rehash of everyone's religious belief or disbelief

DFWconspiracy
DFWconspiracy

This world needs more Tom Haydens. There's too many smug athiests; somebody needs to balance the equation. And so what? It's fucking Flower Mound. It's a town full of nuts and meth dealers. Why would you want to live there in the first place? It's petty shit like this that gets everyone's panties in a twist. Shouldn't people be devoting their time and energy to things that matter? Like our armed drone policy or the NSA. Heck, I guess the fact that I'm writing this makes me a part of the problem, too. Well played, people. There's just no winning.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Still waiting for an explanation of how 2 people had 2 sons that spawned humanity.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Clearly, insanity is no impediment to getting elected to local public office.

Anonamouse
Anonamouse

So... how is this a violation of Church and State separation? He didn't say everyone should convert. He didn't even say you had to read the Bible. He encouraged people to discuss it and examine it, each in their own way. That's not promoting a single viewpoint - if anything, it's a quite respectable suggestion (not order, not demand) for people who are not Christians (and even many who are) to take some time to actually try to understand what it says, rather than the typical reactions of non-Christians any time a politician dares to say "the B word" or, G*d help him, the "J" word anywhere outside the confines of his home or church.  

If you want to know what reactions I'm talking about, look no further than these comments, and the quotes from "Activists" in the article.

Honestly I think his suggestion is fine, and in fact  should be expanded to include study and reflection of any religion, rather than rhetorical bomb-throwing like we're seeing here. As I always say, you should study things for yourself and reach your own conclusion instead of reflexively regurgitating what you've been told and what you hear from those in your personal echo chambers. That goes for ANYONE of ANY (or even no) denomination. Learn what those who are different believe, and maybe understand why they believe it, and even if you're an atheist I think the world could be a more peaceful place eventually.

If nothing else, if everyone is studying religion(s)  instead of hyperventilating and posting hateful crap online, it'd be a quieter place.

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

So year 2 of the post-Mayan apocalypse is the year of the bible, not the year of the horse.  I haven't read that book in a couple decades, is there still a lot of smiting going on or has it been updated?

greg.busby214
greg.busby214

C'mon......it's....you know....Flower Mound.  What did you expect?

eriktrade1
eriktrade1

per tom's request, i discussed the bible with my adult children and we have several questions:


1.  if our spirits go to heaven...then why did the bible place so much emphasis on jesus BODY going to be with his dad.  does the bible make any reference to "bodies magically going to heaven".  seems wholly incongruous to us.


2.  did an all powerful, all-knowledgeable, all-loving god really need under-educated folks from the south to travel the world to spread his message to other cultures?   did he really need big-bahama mamas dressed in black ringing my doorbell 2X a year to "get his message out"? 


3.   he loves us all equally...but he chose the jews as "chosen".  why did he send his message to one culture at one snapshot in time...if he is all-powerful?


4.   "he gave his only son"....hmm....plenty of folks have lost their only son to exceptional causes....and...an all-powerful god could have scores of children...no?


5.  we feel there exists some audacity and hubris for some jewish kid to tell the poor, starving-for-hope people of galilee ..."see those rivers, oceans and mountains over there...my dad built them"   that topography existed for billions of years...no?


6.   if i de-bunk evolution...was it part of god's master plan to have men lose hair on their heads...and have it grow in their ears, instead, as they get older?   since we feel so special as judeo-christians...i suppose it was ok for the initial missionaries on american soil to wipe out up to 2/3 of some indigenous tribes via measles and small pox...yes?  again  --  all part of "gettin' the word out" eh?


7.  jesus predecessor...moses...gave me such wordly advice like..."thou shalt not have sex with thy neighbor's wife.   there's a real epiphany for ya!  no wonder they're the chosen people!



DeathBreath
DeathBreath

Hey, Nancy Boy Mayor:  Go fuck yourself and shove your religious beliefs up your fucking ass.  At present, we are not a Theocracy. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

This is why people in other parts of the country hate us....it's the ignorance that makes us look like backwoods idiots! He shouldn't have said ANYTHING....nothing. What a stupid statement. All he needs now is a gun and hate to complete the Right Wing Troika. 

chrisenparis
chrisenparis

All this uproar because someone believes strongly in a book of fiction.  

bmarvel
bmarvel topcommenter

The Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist citizens of Flower Mound -- do they have a mayor, too?

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

He said this crap over 2 weeks ago....who cares. There is nothing official about it. Must be a slow news week and besides, what do you expect from the city and its anti immigration "laws". By reporting it, you are giving him exactly what he wants - a larger platform to preach from

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Just a few snippets from the Bible (Leviticus):

  • Menstruating women are unclean to God. 15:19-30
  • God's law for wet dreams. 15:16-1732
  • Don't look at any naked menstruating women. 18:19
  • Homosexuality is an abomination to God. 18:22
  • Don't mix seeds when sowing a field or wear a garment with mixed fibers. 19:19
  • If you have sex with a slave woman, you must then scourge her. 19:20
  • Don't round the corners of your head or mar the corners of your beard. 19:27
  • Children who curse their parents, adulterers, and homosexuals must be killed. 20:9-12
  • Woman with "familiar spirits" must be stoned to death. 20:27
  • The unchaste daughters of priests must be burnt to death. 21:9
  • Handicapped people must not approach the altar. 21:16-23

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@JackJett 

Well, just take for example the way that JC is depicted in the collective historical imagination of the devout. Super charismatic hottie with flowing hair and loose garments . . . hel-lo!

This character is practically tailored to attract a certain sort . . .

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ScottsMerkin 


merkie!!!


I can do you one better.  It's New Years Day and I get a knock on the door at 8:30 AM, and a well dressed lady and man say, "we've come to share the word of Jesus Christ with you".  Now I am seriously still REALLY drunk, half naked and crazed.......they took one look at me and said, "you should get back to bed". Now I know how to answer the door when these folks arrive. Next time Imma be naked with coke all over my face. Like my father in law says, "you cain't help some people". 


So my wife and I were talking, and how lame do you have to be to be "saved" in that instance, by THOSE people?  You have to have nothing going on, mainlining meth into the temple whilst banging a disease ridden hooker with one leg and a bloody ear.....just sayin. 

JackJett
JackJett

@ScottsMerkin Scott....I have a Jehovah's Witness come to my home during the 110 summer heat and dragging a small young girl around.  I told her I was Un-witnessable .......but asked her why she would drag her daughter out in such heat and knock on doors that clearly have NO soliciting signs....


She backed up about 10 feet and shot me the finger!   I kid you NOT.  It was probably the most amazing thing she could have done.   It flipped me out for days.   It is ingrained in my head and I now have more respect for the JW's.  Though I could never figure out what I said that was so offensive........but then again...I never do. 

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin 

No kidding. Unless you are Publisher's Clearinghouse with my million-per-week for life, you'd better not be ringing my bell at 8:30 p.m.

. . . or if you have bourbon . . .

JackJett
JackJett

@Montemalone M....how many times do I have to tell you??.....the BEAUTIFUL ones need not worry about these things.  We have "people" to do that for us. 

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@Anonamouse Actually if you knew anything about history..you would realize that many themes in the bible are almost directly listed from the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism (which is still practiced today) 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Anonamouse  


Oh boy, I got to "church and state" and I fell asleep.  You don't get it, do you? Anybody half learned will explore ancient Sanskrit text, The Bhagavad Gita, The Bible, The Koran, etc........ heck, my daughter even brought me a copy of The Book of Mormon over Christmas, and I read it; it is is a given to explore (and understand) others religious ideal's. Saying dumb stuff is just dumb though........KEEP IT TOO YOURSELF!  We don't want to know.    I was waiting for the "Bible Thumping Retort" all day!!  But now I'm too tired to fight. 


"posting hateful crap online, it'd be a quieter place"; hate is being a mayor and spouting your religious beliefs on folks; keep it at home. 

lolotehe
lolotehe

@greg.busby214That's kind of how I felt about it. It would be more newsworthy if the mayor of some Podunk-wannabe, hick town DIDN'T do something egregiously stupid.

russell.allison1
russell.allison1

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz So, we can conclude that the guy that wrote Leviticus was homophobic and had no use for menstruating women; did have a decent handle on farming, but an odd OCD thing on fabric while doing it; knew that the only way to keep the wife from finding out about that thing with the slave girl or the preacher's kid was to knock 'em off and he didn't want to have to build a wheelchair ramp for the temple. 

Sounds like life in Old Tesatment days wasn't all that much different than some places today.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@curiouschristian @Anonamouse 

I'm curious, is "God" really a name, or is it actually more of a title.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"Thou shalt not serve Little Friskies to your feline companions, for that will be seen as an abomination in the eyes of God".  ---Leviticat 18:36

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