Groups commonly called “cults” like Scientology and Falun Gong like to have holidays. Specifically, days set aside to celebrate their leader’s birthday, their organization or some other special interest they may have.

Don’t blame the “cults” for trying. It’s free advertising, doesn’t hurt their recruitment efforts, not to mention a dose of ego gratification.

But one local mayor has had enough of this nonsense.

Steve Berman, the mayor of Gilbert, Arizona, recently turned down an “L. Ron Hubbard Day” and rejected a proposed “Falun Dafa month.”

No doubt some will claim it’s “religious bigotry,” but Berman feels sectarian interests are inappropriate themes for a city to celebrate, reports the Arizona Republic.

Sadly, there are still quite a few politicians that are either taken in by such proposals or cave in with a little pressure.

It’s nice to know there is at least one town where due diligence has taken precedence over expediency.


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