Editor’s Note: InsideVero.com originally reported that both Mayor Craig Fletcher and Vice Mayor Tracy Carroll refused to sign the proclamation on Humanist Recognition Week. The version of the proclamation finally presented did, however, include the Mayor’s signature, though the Vice Mayor’s signature was absent from the document. Some have asked us to publish the complete text of the proclamation Mayor Craig Fletcher and Vice Mayor Tracy Carroll refused to support at this past Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Over Carroll’s objections that Humanists are “atheist,” and Fletcher’s refusal to support non-Christian groups, the Council’s remaining three members approved and presented the proclamation.
WHEREAS, the Constitution of this land recognizes that all religious perspectives be treated equally; and
WHEREAS, as a nation and community of citizens from so many diverse backgrounds and beliefs, the only way we can solve our problems is through cultivating intelligent, and ethical interactions among all people, with tolerance and respect; and
WHEREAS, our nation and community face many problems, from creating jobs, educating our children, reducing violence, protecting our citizens, and guarding the integrity of scientific research, we must call upon compassion guided by reason to solve these problems; and
WHEREAS, lasting legacies of the use of the scientific method and the power of reason have been left for the benefit of humanity by great Humanists, such as Dr. Jonas Salk, Dr. Albert Einstein, Dr. Carl Sagan, Dr. Isaac Asimov, and many others.
NOW THEREFORE, I, A. Craig Fletcher, Mayor of the City of Vero Beach, Florida do hereby proclaim that the week of June 16 through June 23, 2013 be known, designated and set aside as “Humanist Recognition Week” in Vero Beach in recognition of the contribution to the quality of life in Vero Beach by the Humanist Community.