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."

Fellow city council member Jay Kramer then said that he would make a motion to approve the proclamation, arguing that the proclamation represents a "freedom of speech issue."