The Colorado School of Mines sought to boost fundraising by offering donors a nameplate with an inscription of their choice, only to reject one donor’s message because it included references to two Bible verses.
The Alliance Defending Freedom announced in a press release Thursday that it has filed a federal lawsuit against the school alleging that its refusal to accept the request was a violation of the donor’s constitutional rights.
As part of a fundraising campaign for the Clear Creek Athletics Complex, CSM offered “naming opportunities” entailing a personalized nameplate on lockers in the facility’s football locker room, upon which donors could place a message or quote up to three lines long.
Michael Lucas, a 2003 CSM graduate who once played for the school’s football team, decided to take the school up on its offer, donating $2,500 and requesting that his quote include references to two Bible verses: Colossians 3:23 and Micah 5:9.
The Colossians verse reads: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” The Micah verse states: “Your hand will be lifted up against your adversaries, and all your enemies will be cut off.” (Read more from “College in Colorado Denies Donor Request to Include Bible Verse on Plaque” HERE)