Atheist Candidate for Texas State Representative Offers Video Rebuttal to ‘Year of the Bible’ Mayor January 5, 2014

Atheist Candidate for Texas State Representative Offers Video Rebuttal to ‘Year of the Bible’ Mayor

A few days ago, I posted about how Tom Hayden (below), Mayor of Flower Mound, Texas, had declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.”

not only did the City Council have no problem with this, there’s a website run by a local church alongside the city that promotes the idea that the Bible is the true Word of God. A page of quotations from notable Americans on the site is filled with the lies of pseudo-historian David Barton, too.

A couple of updates on the situation:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Hayden debunking the quotations and telling them what they could do to avoid a lawsuit:

Instead of issuing a proclamation celebrating a specific religion text, you and the Town Council should instead issue a proclamation celebrating our freedom of conscience, or that our nation invented the separation of state and church. At the very least, the Town of Flower Mound must take action to disassociate itself from the website that was promoted during the proclamation and send a clear message to all Town of Flower Mound residents that the government does not favor Christianity over other religions or religion over nonreligion.

In addition, Daniel Moran, an atheist activist running for Texas State Representative (who grew up in Flower Mound), made a video rebuttal to Hayden’s proclamation:

I would like to know which values from the Bible you would like for the Town of Flower Mound to get back into. Should we connect through community events in which we follow the Old Testament passages that call for publicly executing gay people, adulterers, people of other faiths, women who aren’t virgins on their wedding nights, people who work on the Sabbath, etc? What about the passages that were used by the South to justify slavery? Should we start enslaving people again? That has been a value that many have interpreted from the Bible throughout history.

Your proclamation essentially told everyone in Flower Mound who is a Muslim, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Jew, atheist, or even fellow Christians who interpret scripture differently than you, that they are no longer welcome in this town. You told the nation that Flower Mound is a town that does not accept diversity. You told them that we are a town of and for only Christians. You told them that we are a town of intolerance and division. You told them that we are a town that ignores the Constitution and the actual values that we were founded on.

You told me that I do not belong in the town I grew up in.

So far, Mayor Hayden hasn’t shown any sign of changing his mind.

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  • Marie Alexander

    We need fewer theocratic politicians in this country…

  • LesterBallard

    “Atheist candidate for Texas State Representative”. I’m afraid that cracks me up.

  • WallofSleep

    Kinda makes the phrase “A snow ball’s chance in hell” sound almost optimistic, eh?

  • OhioAtheist

    From the thebible2014.com website: “Due to the high traffic the site has experienced, we have disabled the Comments section.”

    Somehow I don’t think it’s the traffic count…

  • A3Kr0n

    Good catch!

  • WallofSleep

    “Comments Disabled due to ‘Ow! My brain!'”

  • Good. The more Christians who actually read the Bible, the more deconversions there will be.

  • Neko

    Well done, young Daniel Moran!

    The audacity of the theocrats never ceases to amaze.

  • Garstor

    They moderate the comments. I left a few (respectful) ones before deciding to give up – yes, I’m guessing the disabling came from the flood of critical comments. It will be interesting to see what happens here.

  • Jeff

    Well spoken young man. Unfortunately, too well spoken and logical for the Texas Legislature.

  • Foridin

    Eh, I don’t know, read that as “the high traffic of people who don’t agree with us,” and it seems pretty accurate.

  • SeekerLancer

    “Oh no, discussion! Quick turn off the Internet!”

  • Lark62

    When I read the comments a couple days ago, every single one praised the site and/or the mayor. The absolute uniformity of thought was beyond scary.

  • Lark62

    With young people like this, there is hope for Texas.

  • Lark62

    I wonder if they will open up comments for discussion of the daily readings. There are a few I think should be discussed, so that the christians don’t gloss over them. It could be fun.

  • ShhhImReading
  • As always, the religious reich does not shrink from telling any lie, no matter how absurd or reprehensible, in its goal to force their sick views upon everyone.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Zero would be a good starting point.

  • Ann Onymous

    I present for comparison the statement “the Bible carries a perfect unity from cover to cover” and the Contradictions section of the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible.