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The Federal Reserve: A Mandate for Atheist Banking?

By on 12.17.10 | 5:07PM

I've lived in the Washington area for 30 years.  Yet the stupidities of the federal government never cease to amaze me.  Like this story from Perkins, Oklahoma on Koco.Com:

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.  [sic]  The Bible verse of the day on the bank's Internet site also had to be taken down.

Why?  Well, anyone should see that a Bible verse and cross represent discrimination in lending:

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."

Uh, guys, a lot of businesses put up Christmas decorations and play Christmas music.  Should they all be prosecuted, perhaps under the Civil Rights Act, for discriminating against non-Christians?  I mean, the malls are full of non-Christians running screaming from those stores, convinced that they will be discriminated against unless Uncle Sam comes to their rescue.  If the Justice Department doesn't act, the entire economy might grind to a halt!

I hesitate saying this is the dumbist thing I've ever seen in Washington, since there is stiff competition for that title.  But maybe this is the dumbest thing this year. 

It suggests another good reason to reconsider the Fed!

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