Friday, December 17, 2010

"We Are Feds. We Regulate. You Submit."

Thought you've seen it all?

Not even close.

A small-town bank in Oklahoma said the Federal Reserve won’t let it keep religious signs and symbols on display.

...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.

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."

Bet you didn't know that Perkins, OK., has a bank, either.

9 comments:

neomom said...

I would also bet that nobody that banks in Perkins, OK is even the least bit offended by their Merry Christmas bible verses either.

Thank the ACLU and FFRF and may they all rot in hell.

J. Strupp said...

Thats the Christmas spirit.

neomom said...

Sorry Strupp. The entire goal of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the ACLU is to kill the Christmas spirit for everyone by making it the Holiday That Shall Not Be Mentioned Or Openly Celebrated.

However, the update to this story is that the FedRes backed down and little - obviously overwhelming Christian - Perkins, OK bank can continue with their free excercise of their religion under the first amendment.

John Foust said...

FFRF and ACLU think it's great we have the freedom to celebrate. They just don't want to you be able to use government resources or the power of government to do it. What's so hard about that?

neomom said...

Yeah - because a teller at a private bank in an itsy-bitsy town in Oklahoma with a button is a government resource with the power of government behind her.

Riiiigggghhhttt.

The only power of the government with a government resource was the power-drunk guy from the Federal Reserve ordering them to cease excersizing their first amendment rights.

John Foust said...

Conservatives are so good at interpreting the ACLU.

neomom said...

Reflecting on his early years as the ACLU's Executive Director, Baldwin candidly revealed his original motives and objectives: "I am for socialism, disarmament, and ultimately, for abolishing the state itself as an instrument of violence and compulsion. I seek social ownership of property, the abolition of the properties class, and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal. It all sums up into one single purpose -- the abolition of dog-eat-dog under which we live. I don't regret being part of the communist tactic. I knew what I was doing. I was not an innocent liberal. I wanted what the communists wanted and I traveled the United Front road to get it."

No - I think we have the ACLU pretty well down pat.

John Foust said...

You'll ignore a clear example of O'Reilly distorting an ACLU letter, but you'll dig back to 1935 for a questionable quote.

neomom said...

No, I am ignoring that you are assuming that I get my information on the ACLU from O'Reilly.

That quote was by the Founder of the ACLU and doesn't seem questionable, but quite clear of the intent of the organization.