Mayor represents all his citizens…all his citizens who believe in JESUS!

The mayor of Vero Beach, Florida vetoed the celebration of Humanist Recognition Week because, well, it doesn’t have enough Jesus.

At a heated city council meeting earlier this week, Mayor Craig Fletcher of Vero Beach, Fla., voted against a proclamation which would have declared June 16-23 as Humanist Recognition Week.

Mayor Fletcher denied the request of the local Humanists of the Treasure Coast to designate Humanist Recognition Week because humanists “[do] not believe in Jesus Christ.”

“I refuse to support any organization that does not believe in Jesus Christ,” Fletcher said at Tuesday’s city council meeting at City Hall in Vero Beach.

“It’s a proclamation for Humanists. They do not recognize Jesus Christ as their savior,” the mayor continued. “I’ll have nothing to do with it. If you want to out vote me, that’s fine. Go ahead, make a motion and get it done.”

Representing all the citizens in his constituency?  Who has time for that shit?

Thankfully, the rest of the city’s council took the charge of representing all Americans seriously.

While Fletcher and Vice Mayor Tracy Carroll voted against the proclamation, the remaining three city council members passed it, therefore allowing Humanist Recognition Week to take place.

During the public comments section of the meeting, Carroll sought to clarify that the reason she voted against the proclamation was because after researching the term “humanist” on the Internet, she found it coincided generally with the definition for atheist, and therefore she thought it inappropriate to designate a day of recognition for atheists.

About as inappropriate as a national day of prayer.  I wonder how Mayor Fletcher feels about that.*

No, I don’t.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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