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No changes to ECU chapel: 'We moved too quickly'

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ADA, Okla.  --  A plan to remove Bibles and other religious icons from the chapel at East Central University is now officially on hold.

"We moved too quickly," ECU president Katricia Pierson admitted in a statement issued Friday.

The decision comes after just one day after Pierson announced the action, saying the school was also "looking at the feasibility" of removing the cross from atop the steeple of the Kathryn P. Boswell Memorial Chapel, which opened in 1957 and is available for use by all faiths.

That action had been prompted by a complaint from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

But it didn't take long for critics of ECU's decision to remove religious symbols to make their voices heard on KTEN's Facebook page.

"It's a chapel....do we need to explain to them what a chapel is and what it's for?!?," wrote Carrie Lowe. "This is absolutely not the right decision!!

"I don't know who wanted the cross removed and the bible but this is so wrong!" Bonita Overbey added. "It's time we as Christians to stand up for what is right and wrong in this country!"

Protests at ECU chapel
Protesters gathered outside ECU's Boswell Chapel after learning of a decision to remove Christian icons from the building. (KTEN)

President Pierson said she heard the complaints.

"We regret not taking time to pause and thoughtfully consider the request and the results of our actions on all of the students, faculty and community members who we serve," she said in a written statement. "This requires a more thoughtful and deliberate approach to the request."

A committee of students, faculty and community members representing a diversity of viewpoints will be assembled to review the situation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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