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Mayor of Flower Mound declares 2014 Year of the Bible, raising questions for some

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New years are known for new resolutions, but in one North Texas town, the mayor has proclaimed 2014 the Year of the Bible.

It's a declaration--or an official announcement. Mayors do it all the time for whatever they reason they choose to. In the case of Flower Mound, the mayor wanted his community to connect through the Bible.

"I was nervous about doing this," said Mayor Tom Hayden. "And I've been thinking about it for two years, and procrastinated about if for as long as I possibly could."

The proclamation was made by Hayden during a city council meeting last month.

The Year of the Bible has two parts: the genesis of Hayden's proclamation borrows heavily from former President Reagan's almost identical proclamation in 1983, and quotes various presidents while pointing out America's founding documents are Biblically-based.

The second part is a Bible-based website:

"The way it's set up is that people would have the same scripture each day," said Jon Bell of Calvary Chapel. "That they would go over and so that at the end of the year, they'd have gone through the whole Bible in a year."

They mayor says the proclamation was not law, not voted on by the Flower Mound City Council and not an official town action.

However, it still raises some questions with some Flower Mound residents. 

"He was elected mayor," said Flower Mound resident Curt Orton. "Not as the spiritual leader of Flower Mound."

The mayor and supporting pastors say they know the Year of the Bible is off to a small start, but they hope this year will be the beginning of the something much bigger.

"There's so much benevolence on helping your fellow person," said Hayden. "And the morality that helped build our country is based on the values that are found in the Bible. And as we look at problems, maybe we're getting away from those values. And in my little small way, I want to encourage people to get back into those values."

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