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More Christmas Un-cheer

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Jay Leno said this: “Al-Qaida is planning Christmas attacks in the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. government sprang into action and told al-Qaeda, “Hey, you cannot call them Christmas attacks, you have to call them holiday attacks.”

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But seriously, folks…

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. Click here to read the rest

WAIT! Click here to read about how everything changed
when a little pressure was applied!

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  1. Well, this one is a tough call. See, the Federal government has rules in place to prevent anything openly favoring one religion over another, for any number of good reasons. (And yes, despite the Treaty of Tripoli, we know your feelings regarding the phrase “Christian Nation”)

    However, does it sound like the FR might be overreaching with this? Well, the bank is being subsidized with insurance from the FDIC – so in essence, they are receiving government money; as such, it becomes tricky ground to tread.

    It might make you feel better to know that they would similarly prevent menorrah’s during Hanukkah, or a Shahada during Eid. (Although, with the proliferation of anti-Muslim sentiment among people who don’t know anything about the religioun outside of what they hear on Fox, that last ain’t likely to happen any time soon.)

    So the argument can go either way. On the other hand, I think it’s fascinating that you didn’t bother to mention the followup story (except that it wouldn’t have allowed you to claim discrimination, of course), where the Fed reconsidered.

    http://www.koco.com/news/26174152/detail.html

  2. So you did. My mistake.

    Oh, and Merry Christmas.

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