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UPDATE: Sen. Inhoufe and Rep. Frank Lucas, both representing Oklahoma, sent a pointed letter to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke asking if he stood by the Federal examiners actions. Later in the day, the examiners personally returned to the bank in Perkins, OK to retract their request for the removal of all Christmas and religious items.
The government warned a small town bank this week to remove the Christian symbols from its counters and off its website.
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.”
Note: The home office of the bank we deal with ordered that no Christmas trees or Menorahs be displayed in the branches….. only poinsettas. The cite the need to “not offend anyone else.
My response… I told them that THEIR ACTIONS OFFEND ME !!