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.
The First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof [...]" Well, Congress created the Dirty Fed and now the Dirty Fed is prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
UPDATE: Bank fights back and wins. Constitution 1, Dirty Fed ... well, the Dirty Fed still has dozens of foul play points on the board against the Constitution, but at least this is one point for the good guys.
W.C., I haven't had time yet to follow the links but if the bank is a private institution then where the eff does the Fed get off telling what they can have at local branch offices?
One would think there would be more interest in correct accounting practices rather than the baby Jesus.
I can only imagine that the logic is that there's no such thing as a "private" bank any more -- since all banks now depend on the Fed for their livelihood, all banks must abide by Fed rules, no matter how perverted ad un-Constitutional.
Kinda like how all air travel is given thanks to the grace of the TSA, so you no longer have any 4th Amendment rights.
This is the work of KC fed president tom hoenig and a junior examiner.
Email hoenig at email@example.com
Make him mad by wishing him a Merry Christmas, and demand that he fire the junior examiner.
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