Student disagrees with Purdue’s position on plaque

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WEST LAFAYETTE (WLFI) – One Purdue student is speaking out against the university removing the word “God” from a plaque honoring a donor’s parents.

The plaque was written after Dr. Michael McCracken and his wife made a pledge of $12,500 to Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering. The plaque would be part of the dedication of a small conference room in Herrick Labs. Sean Henady, a graduate student at Purdue says acknowledging God on the plaque is Dr. McCracken’s position not Purdue’s.

Purdue later changed the wording by removing the word “God.” The university expressed concern that the phrasing would be deemed a government endorsement of religion.

Henady disagrees with this, saying it interferes with an individual’s right to freedom of religion and speech.

“It’s the wrong message to stifle one person’s position that God exists or another person’s position that God doesn’t exist. Those are our individual beliefs and the support of those beliefs those are our rights,” said Henady.

McCracken’s attorney Jeremiah Dys said McCracken’s first Amendment rights were violated. He said they are still waiting for a satisfactory proposal from Purdue to resolve the matter.

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