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Please read the following article, published by the Ada Evening News, August 4th 2017. Thank you Carl Lewis for doing a good job covering this ongoing issue!
Paragraphs in "BOLD & ALL CAPS" are the response by Stand For The Cross Founder, Randall Christy..........
East Central University communications and marketing staff have been inundated with phone calls, emails and social media posts from outraged groups and individuals inflamed by the social and broadcast media campaign of a local pastor.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ARE SHARING AND CARING ABOUT THIS ISSUE WITH NATION WIDE IMPLICATIONS.
PLEASE, DO NOT INUNDATE ECU WITH CALLS... THE ECU ADMINISTRATION IS ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS ISSUE AT THIS TIME. WE MUST NOT LET ANYONE DETER US NOR STIFLE US.
Union Valley Baptist Church Pastor and founder of The Gospel Station radio network, Randall Christy, has waged an aggressive campaign to save the cross atop ECU’s Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel from what he has described as an anti-Christian hate group seeking its removal.
OUR CAMPAIGN IS ACTUALLY A MUCH BIGGER PICTURE THAN JUST THIS ONE CROSS ON ONE CHAPEL. THIS IS A NATIONWIDE CONCERN.
That campaign includes the sharing of a viral video posted June 29 to Christy’s Facebook page by more than four million people. In the video, Christy states that a crane is on its way to the university campus to “cut the cross” off of the chapel’s steeple. Christy said that information was provided to him by a university employee whose identity he refused to disclose, citing concerns about possible repercussions for the employee.
"USE A CRANE" WERE THE ACTUAL WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE WHAT THE ECU PLAN WAS AS OF JUNE 29TH 2017...BECAUSE THEIR LEGAL COUNSEL HAD INSTRUCTED THEM TO DO SO. WHEN ASKED BY ME HOW THAT WOULD BE ACCOMPLISHED THE ECU OFFICIAL SAID, WE WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO USE A CRANE. I SAID, SO THE CROSS WOULD BE CUT OFF?? SHE SAID YES, AND SHE SAID IT WAS UPSETTING.
I HAVE TO SAY THESE WORDS LIKE "CUT THE CROSS OFF THE TOP OF THE STEEPLE" AREN'T PRETTY...BUT ANTI-CHRISTIAN HATE IS VERY UGLY AND THIS D.C. GROUP IS CERTAINLY DEMONSTRATING THAT.
University officials told The Ada News no crane was ever ordered by the university, nor do administrators have any plans to take any action regarding the cross at this time.
"AT THIS TIME" ARE KEY WORDS. THEY DEFINITELY HAD PLANS TO DO SO AS OF JUNE 29TH. ECU PRESIDENT PIERSON FELT SHE HAD NO CHOICE. SHE CAME DOWN TO THE CROWD AND ASKED US TO PRAY FOR HER. I BELIEVE THOSE PRAYERS ARE WORKING. WE CANNOT ALLOW THE DEVIL TO CATCH US NAPPING IN THIS SITUATION...WE MUST ACT NOW. IF THIS GOES TO COURT, AND OKLAHOMA LOSES...WE WILL SEE A DOMINO EFFECT ALL OVER THE USA. EVEN OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS STATED THAT THIS COULD LIKELY BE A TEST CASE.
The controversy surrounding the cross began June 20, when ECU received a legal demand letter from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State demanding that the cross on the chapel’s steeple, among other items, be removed. The group alleged the items violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
THE FRAMERS OF THE CONSTITUTION ONLY INTENDED TO KEEP THE USA FROM ESTABLISHING A STATE CHURCH , LIKE ENGLAND AND OTHER COUNTRIES HAD DONE. THEY NEVER INTENDED TO FORCE CROSSES TO BE CUT DOWN FRTOM ATOP CHAPELS.
University officials initially confirmed they would remove the cross and other items to avoid a protracted legal dispute, but halted efforts to comply with the demand after widespread backlash attracted national media attention.
THANK YOU TO ALL FOR THE "WIDESPREAD BACKLASH" ON JUNE 29TH, WATCH THE VIRAL VIDEO AND SEE FOR YOURSELF....THE CROSSES AND BIBLES HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM INSIDE THE CHAPEL. AND THE CROSS ON THE STEEPLE WAS NEXT IN LINE TO GO.
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter entered the fray July 5 when he announced that his office would defend the chapel and its contents against any legal action taken by Americans United.
THANK YOU MIKE HUNTER!!! YOU CHOSE THE RIGHT SIDE.
Hunter’s communications director, Terri Watkins, said while there have been no new legal developments in the matter, her office noticed an uptick in phone calls, Facebook and Twitter messages last week from individuals who thought Christy’s June 29 video was “something new.” She said the individuals who contacted her office were concerned that a crane was coming to take the cross down.
Christy said he has tried to stem the flow of calls and messages to ECU by asking followers of his Facebook pages not to contact university administration, saying he believes the university is “doing the right thing.” However, he also said once things go viral they become unpredictable and uncontrollable.
“I am just as amazed as anyone that this video has received over four million views,” Christy said Thursday by phone. “I do not want to be the enemy of East Central University. I admire ECU’s administration and the stance they’ve taken.”
However, Christy continues to urge his followers and listeners to share the video.
I BELIEVE PEOPLE IN THE USA NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS UNDERWAY. THIS IS NOT A PAST TENSE EVENT.... THE LITIGATION HASN'T EVEN STARTED YET.
“The video about the cross on the chapel in Ada that is going around the internet … is a few weeks old … but we still need to share it because the fight is just starting,” Christy said in a July 25 Facebook post that was shared 150 times.
The video is also posted on The Gospel Station network’s Facebook page and, through that page, has been shared 108,502 times as of press time Thursday.
OVER 4MILLION HAVE VIEWED THE VIDEO, WITH VERY FEW NEGATIVE COMMENTS.
The Gospel Station network’s Facebook page is followed by more than 112,000 people, most of whom would have been presented with the video in their Facebook feeds as they sign in to the social network.
University officials said, despite the fervor of Christy’s followers, there are currently no plans to take any action regarding the chapel or the cross atop its steeple. No lawsuit has been filed.
BUT IF A SUIT IS FILED.... WILL WE STAND FOR THE CROSS?? I'M GOING TO DO SO NOW....AND NOT WAIT.
JUST LOOK AT PENSACOLA, FL WHERE A FED JUDGE HAS ORDERED THE CROSS IN THE CITY PARK TO COME DOWN.
A spokesperson for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State said they have not yet received a substantive legal response from the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office. The group has been notified that Hunter intends to handle any litigation of the matter, should such arise, but Americans United Staff Attorney Ian Smith said that notice was less than a page long and contained no substantive legal response to their letter.
Smith said he would likely write a follow-up letter to Hunter if he doesn’t hear from him soon.
Smith called Christy’s description of the group as an anti-Christian hate group “total nonsense.”
“We’re not anti-religion in any way,” Smith said. “Our executive director is a minister. We do religious outreach work all the time and we have many members who are religious. That’s not what this is about at all.”
WOLVES IN SHEEP CLOTHING. THEY WILL HAVE TO STAND BEFORE CHRIST AND EXPLAIN WHY THEY DEMANDED THAT HIS CROSS BE CUT DOWN AND THAT CROSSES, THE ALTER, AND BIBLES BE REMOVED FROM THE CHAPEL. THIS IS NOTHING BUT PURE ANTI-CHRISTIAN HATE... WE DON'T FALL FOR THIS TRICK. WE STAND AGAINST IT... AND STAND FOR THE CROSS.
Smith said the group is trying to protect religious freedom by keeping “the government’s thumb off of the scale.”
TOTAL LIES.... "YOU'RE EITHER FOR ME OR AGAINST ME", JESUS SAID
“ECU is the state of Oklahoma,” Smith said. “And the state of Oklahoma cannot operate a Christian chapel. The state is not Christian. It’s not an atheist. It’s not Jewish. It’s not Muslim. It’s supposed to be neutral. All this does is create an equal playing field for students at that university.”
READ THE FIRST AMENDMENT BELOW. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT FORCIBLE REMOVAL OF THE CROSS AND BIBLES IS "...PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.." ???
First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
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UPDATE: The video about the cross on the chapel in Ada, OK that is going around the internet today is a couple of weeks old but we still need to share it because the fight is just starting!
Stand For The Cross cause is heating up and needs MUCH MORE national attention.
Lawmakers from across Oklahoma are behind us. East Central University has agreed to wait to see what happens in the court.
The Oklahoma Attorney General has agreed to fight this but now we need two things.
We need thousands of supporters to sign our Petition and we need to raise funds to launch an advertising campaign for this cause!
If we lose this, we will see 1,000's of crosses torn down from public view!
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Thank you for joining us in the fight for the cross. All over the U.S. people who hate the cross and what it stands for are working overtime to remove it from public view. We must stand for the cross...because Jesus Christ stood for us!
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