UPDATE: After Outcry, Feds Back Down; Banks Can Display Crosses Second-In-Command Of Federal Reserve Calls Bank
The small-town bank in Oklahoma will be able to restore its Christian signs and symbols after all, thanks in part to public outcry against the Federal Reserve.The president of Payne County Bank, Lynn Kinder, said he spoke with the second in command at the Federal Reserve late Thursday evening. Both sides agreed to work out the issue."The federal reserve immediately took action, " Kinder said in a statement. "And allowed us to restore our Christian display of items and verses on our television and website until a final determination is made. It appears that the matter will be resolved."Federal Reserve examiners came to Perkins bank last week to make sure banks are complying with a long list of regulations. 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 Internet also had to be taken down.
A small, private bank in Oklahoma has been forced by Federal reserve officials to remove Bible verses and crosses from its Christmas displays, as well as the verse which has long served as the bank's motto, because the scripture references might offend Muslims and Jews.
How dare they throw the Jews in there. Total lie. The Jews have never complained -- and the Jews have lived and thrived in America for centuries. They have no right to use the Jews (victims of over a millennium of Islamic antisemitism) to advance Islamic supremacism. There is a Jewish star on the back of the dollar bill. A proud Jew helped to finance the American revolution. Haym Solomon (or Salomon) (1740 – January 6, 1785) was a Polish Jew who immigrated to New York during the period of the American Revolution, and who became a prime financier of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War against Great Britain.
America has enjoyed centuries of Judeo-Christian harmony. This war on Christianity has nothing to do with the Jews, and everything to do with the left's hatred of certain religions and their abject submission to Islamic supremacism.
This is a ridiculous violation of the bank's right to free speech. If you don't like their motto or decorations, take your business elsewhere. I am offended by the Sharia compliant finance which is endorsed by the FDIC and which supports jihad, while prohibiting investment in whole American business sectors.
Sharia finance is a violation of separation of mosque and state. Sharia compliant finance is endorsed by the FDIC. We must all complain and have all references to Islamic law removed from Sharia finance, which is impossible, because the the whole concept is based on Islamic law. It is a total double standard. Why are we submitting to Islamic supremacism?
Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse KOCO hat tip Daniell B
Federal Examiners Say Religious Decoration Inappropriate
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 Muslim 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.”“I think that’s absurd,” said Chelsi Holser, a bank customer. “I don’t agree with it at all. They are taking Christ out of Christmas and life.”The bank is quietly fighting for a clearer interpretation of the clause. Officials have contacted their two U.S. legislators, Rep. Frank Lucas and Sen. Jim Inhofe, and the Oklahoma Bankers Association to help.