By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Ada, OK — East Central University will remove the cross from the steeple of its historic Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel, and will remove the crosses and Bibles inside, after getting a letter demanding the changes from the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State made the request in a letter to the state university.
ECU President Dr. Katricia Pierson made the announcement Thursday.
“We discussed with ECU’s executive council and with the general counsel of RUSO (the Regional University System of Oklahoma), and we are responding appropriately,” Pierson said.
“ECU is doing its best to follow the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution.”
Clearly ECU and Dr. Pierson has not studied the First Amendment, or they would not have acted in such hast to surrender. Set your eyes on the lintel over the Supreme Court entrance and you will see Moses holding the tablets of the Ten Commandment.
The letter stated: “While it is legal for a public university to have a space that can be used by students for religious worship so long as that space is not dedicated solely to that purpose, it is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to display religious iconography on government property.”
The Boswell Chapel, opened in 1957, has been used by various religions and clubs and for such events weddings and concerts and will continue to be available for use by all faiths, Pierson said.
“We do not want to presume to embrace one faith over another. We support all cultures and attempt to make them comfortable when they are here,” she said.
Randall Christy, founder of The Gospel Station Network based in Ada, told the Tulsa World: “It’s time for Christian people to take a stand for our history and heritage.”
“The idea that the cross excludes people is not true — it’s the opposite. The cross represents that all are welcome, that people of all walks of life are loved by God.”
He went on to say: “I urge Gov. Fallin to stop this removal of the cross until all legal options can be examined.
“And I encourage Christians to immediately make your voices heard on this matter. ECU administration is not the enemy here. It’s outside forces at work to force this action upon our local university.”
Christy said he was contacting the American Center for Law and Justice and the Liberty Council, two national Christian law firms, to “find out if we qualify for representation.”
If ECU does remove the Cross from the steeple, what will replace it? Perhaps the white flag of surrender.