One of Jeff Culbreath's suggestions for opposing the Islamicization of America was to use the "nature abhors a vacuum" principle and to make Christianity public. Just how radical a proposal was this?
Well, federal inspectors have ordered a bank in Perkins, Oklahoma, to remove crosses, a Bible verse, and the message, "Merry Christmas, God with us" from the teller's counter. The feds said that they violate a clause in federal bank regulations prohibiting "...the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication [that]... express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion." Just how far this would go, of course, nobody knows. If they'd just had the words "Merry Christmas," would the feds have said the same? Maybe. Who knows? Nor should the feds have the power to shut down these expressions of religious sentiment in a small-town bank in any event. Naked public square? You bet. Government enforced. And it isn't just for public schools anymore.
Update: I had nothing profound to say about this incident, except to express disgust. Lawrence Auster did much better than that, and his comments on this topic are so apposite that I am borrowing them immediately:
I am always saying that the rule of non-discrimination, if followed consistently, means that no distinct society or culture can exist, no distinct human individual or human family can exist, no distinct species or organism can exist. Nothing can exist, since all things, in order to exist, must be different from, and thus be distinguished and discriminated from, other things. [Written in 2009 and applied today to this story.]
So, for people in a community to be Christian (whether believing Christians or even just “cultural” Christians), for them to put up signs in a bank saying “Merry Christmas, God With Us,” and for them to display a Bible verse at their website, are not allowed because these acts are discriminatory. By virtue of existing and being expressed in a community or institution, Christianity, Christmas, and the Bible are discriminatory and exclusive of that which is not Christian. And therefore they must be prohibited.
Of course, the rule of non-discrimination is not applied to everyone equally. Nonwhite and non-Western minorities get to express their cultural and religious particularity all they want, and even receive government funding to do so. Thus there are Islamic charter schools in this country, public schools formally promoting Islam. But the inconsistent application of the rule of non-discrimination is not the point. The point is that the rule of non-discrimination must destroy everything to which it is applied. And the liberal order applies it to Western culture and all its institutions, in order to destroy them.
Update 2: Feds back down. Some days the knight wins. Good for all the people who expressed outrage, including Congressmen. [HT to reader Al for the link.]