Colorado school ends program rather than allow bible references
The Colorado School of Mines, has decided to cancel an entire fundraising program in order to prevent one donor from expressing religious conviction. Please ask the school to allow free speech!
The fundraiser sold personalized name plates for athletic facility lockers. Donors to the new Clear Creek Athletics Complex would be allowed to dictate an inscription for a personalized nameplate that would be placed in the new football locker room.
One donor, 2003 defensive nose tackle Michael Lucas, wanted to include bible verse references “Colossians 3:23” and “Micah 5:9” – not the actual verses, just the citations.
However, the college wouldn’t allow that.
“The school initially imposed no restrictions – or even guidelines – on the type of message a donor could include,” said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney David Hacker. “Contrary to what the school argued, the First Amendment protects – not restricts – a simple reference to a Bible verse in this context.”
In order to prevent Michale Lucas from expressing his faith, the school discontinued the entire program. They have now removed all plaques.
“Public colleges are supposed to be a marketplace of ideas, but the School of Mines has indicated it prefers anti-religious hostility,” said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Tyson Langhofer. “It’s ridiculous and sad that the school felt the need to punish everyone who participated in the program simply because it could not stomach a Bible reference on one plaque.”
Please take a stand and tell the Colorado School of Mines that colleges are intended to be a marketplace of ideas. To cancel an entire program in order to prevent freedom of expression is inconsistent with the ideals of any university. Please ask the president to consider reinstating the program.
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