A corresponding website, www.thebible2014.com,which guides participants through the entire Bible in 365 daily readings, was temporarily disabled Thursday morning after receiving 69,276 hits from across the world.
Until Dec. 31, the site had a total of 2,866 visitors.
“There’s more attention being drawn to it than we ever thought,” said Hayden, who estimates that 99 percent of the reaction he’s received has been supportive of his Dec. 16 proclamation intended to spark community discussion.
“Mayor Hayden’s stance is a refreshing example of what we would like local government to be and what it once was,” Flower Mound resident Ron Newton said.
While Hayden appreciates getting his message out, he said he plans to decline an invitation to appear on the nationally televised Fox & Friends talk show after the story was posted on Fox News.com.
“I didn’t do this to seek notoriety. I thought it would be a nice thing for the town,” he said. “The story is starting to be about Tom Hayden and not about the Bible. That was not my intention.”
On Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League called the proclamation religiously divisive and urged the mayor to reconsider his actions.