Purdue University Rejects Reference to “God’s physical laws”—Donor Threatens Legal Action

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Purdue rejected Dr. Michael McCracken’s choice of language after he and his wife made a $12,500 pledge to the university’s School of Mechanical Engineering.

When asked by the university to supply the language for a plaque to dedicate a small conference room, Dr. McCracken chose an inscription that would honor the legacy of his parents: “To those who seek to better the world through the understanding of God’s physical laws and innovation of practical solutions.” Purdue rejected that language because of its concern that the plaque “more likely than not” would be deemed a government endorsement of religion, opting instead to permit a plaque mentioning Dr. McCracken’s parents without any use of the word “God.”

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