Thursday, March 6, 2014

Purdue Backs Down, Correctly Allows God to Be Mentioned in Plaque Language Written by Donor

WTHR reports:
Purdue University has reversed course and decided to allow an inscription on a dedication plaque that  includes a reference to "God's physical laws."   
Purdue graduates Michael and Cynthia McCracken had threatened to sue the university
unless it accepted the language on a plaque recognizing their $12,500 donation to the school.  
...  
The Journal & Courier reports the plaque states in part: "Dr. Michael McCracken: 'To all those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God's physical laws and innovation of practical solutions.'"  
The public university initially rejected the plaque's use of the word "God," saying it could be considered a government endorsement of religion.
As I pointed out previously, Purdue wasn't violating the Establishment clause by allowing "God" to be included in the plaque and in fact were probably violating the Free Exercise clause by y giving the McCrackens the right to create their own inscription then denying it because they wanted a reference to "God" in it.

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