NORMAN, Okla. – There is controversy over an image on a government car.
A Norman man said a picture on the side of a Pioneer Library System car promotes Islam.
“I come out of the library, and I see a public vehicle that is paid for by the taxpayers money that displays, has a picture of a lady in Islamic attire,” said Chad Grensky.
Grensky feels the hijab or veil represents the Muslim faith and wants the picture removed.
The veteran said he wants to make it clear he is not racist and does not have a problem with any peaceful religion.
“What I have a problem with is we can’t put a nun on the side of that car because she’s wearing a head garment,” Grensky said. “We have to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from our police cars.”
He took his concern to the Pioneer Library System.
Administrators were surprised and said this has been their first complaint.
“We don’t believe that image is promoting a religion. We think it is expressing a culture,” said Anne Masters, the executive director.
Still, they said they are giving Grensky’s complaint serious thought but have not decided on whether or not to replace the image.
“If Pioneer Public Library, Norman Public Library wants to display someone of faith, the way to do that is to do all faiths,” Grensky said.
NewsChannel 4 sent the picture to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The executive director said he did not see a problem with the image.
He said showing someone in their religions attire does not necessarily violate the constitution.