Thanks to the left’s war on Christianity it’s now come to this…
PERKINS, Okla. — A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won’t let it keep religious signs and symbols on display.
Federal Reserve examiners come every four years to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. The examiners came to Perkins last week. And the team from Kansas City deemed a Bible verse of the day, crosses on the teller’s counter and buttons that say “Merry Christmas, God With Us.” were inappropriate. The Bible verse of the day on the bank’s Internet site also had to be taken down.
“I don’t think there should be a problem with them displaying whatever religious symbols they want to display,” said Amy Weierman, a Perkins resident.
Specifically, the feds believed, the symbols violated the discouragement clause of Regulation B of the bank regulations. According to the clause, “…the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication … express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion.”
The feds interpret that to mean, for example, a Jew or Muslin or atheist may be offended and believe they may be discriminated against at this bank. It is an appearance of discrimination.
But customers Eyewitness News 5 talked to said they aren’t buying it.
“This is just ridiculous,” said bank customer Jim Nyles. “This whole thing is just ridiculous. We all have regulatory bodies that govern us. But this is too much.”
Update: That grinding sound you hear is the left gnashing its teeth…
(The Hill)– The Federal Reserve quickly withdrew an order to an Oklahoma bank to remove religious items from public view on Friday after two Republicans blasted the action as an “assault on faith.”
Sen. James Inhofe and Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma sent a pointed letter to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on Friday asking him whether he stood by a Federal Reserve examiner who told Payne County Bank officials to remove the religious references from their business. The Fed examiner told the bank the religious items could discourage a person from seeking an application.
The removed items removed included a link on the bank’s website to a Bible verse of the day and buttons that said, “Merry Christmas, God With Us,” according to local news reports.
In a statement on his website, Inhofe called the decision “completely ridiculous.”
“It unduly discriminates against a persons faith in Christ and their Constitutionally protected freedom to publically [sic] express that faith. It is simply another case of liberals in Washington overstepping their bounds and intruding in the lives of individuals,” Inhofe’s statement said.
“The recent actions taken by the Federal Reserve at Payne County Bank are of great concern to me,” added Lucas in a separate statement. “I encourage the Federal Reserve to review the situation and take the appropriate action to address it.”
The outcry forced Fed officials to reverse the action, clarifying that the personal religious items displayed by bank employees in Perkins, Okla., did not violate a provision of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
A spokesman for Inhofe said Fed officials returned to the bank Friday to inform employees they could put the religious items back on display.