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ICC Note: Oklahoma’s East Central University has temporarily halted its decision to taken down Christian symbols from its campus, including a cross on top of the campus chapel. The university was first contacted by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which argued that the Christian symbols on campus were a violation of the US Constitution’s Establishment Clause. However, when the school agreed to comply, many alumni began to speak out, causing the school to postpone their plans and review the issue further.

By Heather Clark

07/03/2017 United States (Christian News Network) – A university in Oklahoma has—at least temporarily—halted its initial decision to remove Christian symbols and Bibles from its chapel, a move spawned by a complaint from a prominent church-state separation group.

East Central University in Ada had been contacted by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which asserted that the cross atop the Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel, as well as the Christian altar and Bibles inside, violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The chapel opened in 1957.

“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 letter read.

“Please remove or cover the religious displays and items,” it requested.

University officials initially decided to comply with the demand, stating that they did not want to appear to “presume to embrace one faith over another” as the chapel is used by different faiths and student groups.

Word of the capitulation upset some alumni.

“I feel betrayed by our own country, upset that this could take place in America,” Jill Tucker Brown told conservative commentator Todd Starnes. “We are a nation founded on Christianity.”

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