Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS Mayor promotes Bible Week over ACLU opposition (Bible Week is a go, Gilbert mayor says)
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 8Oct99 D2
By Edythe Jensen: The Arizona Republic
LDS Church member Cynthia Dunham, Mayor of Gilbert, Arizona, is in a
fight with the ACLU over her intention to name November 21-28 National
Bible Week in the town. Last year Dunham made the same proclamation, as
suggested and promoted by the non-denominational National Bible
Association, only to be sued by two Gilbert residents with the
assistance of the ACLU.
Last week US district court Judge Roslyn Silver dismissed the suit over
last-year's proclamation because the plaintiffs had not shown that they
were damaged by the proclamation.
While Dunham is just one of several LDS Mayors in the eastern part of
the Phoenix metropolitan area, she is the only one that has made the
proclamation. Gilbert councilman Mike Evans, who supports the ACLU's
position, is surprised by Dunham's participation, "She must like
involving the town in controversy. There's no other conservative
Republican LDS mayor in the East Valley who sees the importance of it
like she does."
The ACLU is actively fighting the National Bible Week proclamation
nationwide. In response, the National Bible Association has changed the
suggested wording of the proclamation in an attempt to meet the ACLU's
reservations. The National Bible Association will mail thousands of
requests for its proclamation to cities and states throughout the U.S.
later this month.