Purdue to allow donors’ plaque referencing God

(WLFI Photo, file)
(WLFI Photo, file)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — 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 McCrackens said in a statement Wednesday that they “are joyful that we’ve been able to reach a resolution on this matter.”

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.

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