University That Was Going to Remove Bibles and Crosses Changes Its Mind
That was fast.
Oklahoma’s East Central University just had a lightning fast change of heart on this issue.
FOX News reports:
University: We screwed up! We won’t toss out Bibles or crosses
The leadership at Oklahoma’s East Central University slammed on the brakes and jettisoned their decision to removes crosses, Bibles and other religious symbols from a historic campus chapel.
“We moved too quickly,” ECU president Katricia Pierson said in a prepared statement. “We regret not taking time to pause and thoughtfully consider the request and the results of our actions on all of the students, faculty and community members who we serve.”
In other words — they screwed up.
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Requests to remove bibles often come from Muslims posing as sectarian. They will then convert the space to a mosque. It is happening at “Catholic” colleges throughout the country.
Mosques have no iconography at all, and nothing that prevents them from being used by people of all faiths or none.
Saying “they moved too quickly” implies that they will get there eventually, just not today.
Exactly. As the AUSCS pointed out in response, they’d given them 30 days to respond to their demand, and hadn’t expected such an immediate agreement, so if the university takes the rest of that period to think things through and take advice that will be fine, so long as by the end of the 30 days the situation is resolved. Ultimately they are correct — a government institution can’t be operating a Christian church. They can either convert the chapel to a nonsectarian prayer room, which means removing all crosses, or they can lease it to a Christian congregation.
This interpretation has always baffled me. All the Founders wanted to do was avoid another Church of England situation where adherence to any faith was required.
If any faith wishes room to practice there, provide the room. Upkeep and expenses are the problem of those using the room(s).
In other words – they screwed up.
Nope. In other words, they got a few harshly worded letters from big money donors.