You know, I was under the impression that citizens and businesses were allowed at least some measure of religious freedom. After all, along with the freedom of speech and the press, isn’t that one of the primary purposes of the 1st Amendment? Well, according to our unelected masters at the Federal Reserve, that right can be revoked.
Until late last week, a small bank in Perkins, Oklahoma displayed crosses, had a Bible verse on their website, and their tellers wore “Merry Christmas” buttons without any reported trouble. However, having learned of this religious display, the Fed stepped in to trample upon the freedoms of the bank. Worried that all of this imagery and holiday cheer would offend someone, it had to go.
Now, I believe that any person should have the freedom to express their religious beliefs as they see fit (assuming, of course, it doesn’t hamper the liberty of another). If a bank wishes to display a cross, a menorah, a crescent moon, or a statue of Shiva, isn’t that their right? Concurrently, whether they choose to celebrate (or not to celebrate) Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or anything else, shouldn’t they be allowed to? If I don’t care for their display, as a customer, I am free to take my business elsewhere. Is your faith (or lack there of) so weak that even the smallest of mention of a contrary opinion is damaging? Do we live in a land of religious freedom and toleration…or a land forcibly wiped clean of religion, especially Christianity?
Fortunately, after considerable public demand, the Fed countermanded their original orders…at least for the moment. I wish I could say that the issue has been resolved permanently, but such a claim would be extremely naïve. This incident further illustrates that in the mad scramble for political correctness and overreaching government control, our rights can be quickly swept away if we are not constantly vigilant and willing to stand up for them. I’d like to leave you with one question. Would the Fed had acted in the same manner if the displays were Jewish or Hindu instead of Christian? I really doubt it.