In a move seemingly intended to mock religion, Dana Hilliard, the mayor of Somersworth, New Hampshire made a spectacle of raising an atheist flag above a monument of the Ten Commandments.
As an aside, I have never understood why some people choose to identify themselves by what they DON’T believe in.
From The Manchester Union Leader:
A Somersworth atheist took his turn at Citizens Place on Tuesday, raising a blue flag with a red “A” on it next to the Ten Commandments monument on city property.
Richard Gagnon, a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, had asked that the flag be raised in December, but agreed to have it fly in January — Diversity and Tolerance Month in Somersworth.
During a ceremony at city hall, Mayor Dana Hilliard read a proclamation approved by the city council.
“‘We the People’ means just that. We the Christians and the Jews. We the Caucasians, African Americans, Latinos and Asians. We the gays and straight. We the rich and poor. We the men and women. We the believers and non-believers,” Hilliard said.
In related news, it is being reported that Mayor Dana Hilliard is considering a run for Congress in 2018.
Dana S. Hilliard
One Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878
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(The above contact information was taken from the official Somersworth, NH website.)