Source: The Washington Post
A university in Oklahoma said it will consider removing religious icons from its campus chapel after receiving a letter from a group advocating their removal.
East Central University, which is southeast of Oklahoma City, said in a statement on Friday that the school had planned to remove the religious items, but its president said it would get feedback first from students, faculty and community members.
“We moved too quickly,” Katricia Pierson, president of the university, said in a statement. “We regret not taking time to pause and thoughtfully consider the request and the results of our actions on all of the students, faculty and community members who we serve.”
Pierson said the university had removed some items from the chapel, which is used for gatherings of various religious groups, student clubs and events, to show support for all cultures and religious beliefs. In a statement on Thursday, Pierson had said the school was “looking at the feasibility” of removing the cross from the chapel’s steeple, according to the Associated Press. A spokeswoman said the university is closed, and no one was available to do interviews.