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Bible Verse Sign Removed, Reinstalled in Michigan Park (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A sign with a Bible verse was removed from Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan, at the end of last year.

The wooden sign stated, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Psalm 19:1"

The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) filed a complaint on Dec. 1, 2014, with Ottawa County officials on behalf of two residents, noted MLive.com.

The complaint claimed that the sign "endorses and promotes Judeo-Christianity over other religions, and demonstrates excessive government engagement with religion."

Jon Scholtz, director of the Ottawa County Parks Department, recommended that the Parks Commission vote to remove it, which they did.

Scholtz told MLive.com that the current park policy bans any signs that are not for informational purposes.

However, on Tuesday, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners voted 9-2 to re-install the Bible verse sign in the park, reports WZZM (video below).

While some townsfolk told the commissioners' meeting that the sign endorsed a particular religion, many residents, including a local pastor, insisted the sign represented the community.

The commissioners voted to return the sign as a part of a memorial to Titus Hager, who donated the park. However, there will also be a new sign that says the county doesn't endorse any specific religion or views.

Sources: WZZM, MLive.com
Image Credit: WZZM Screenshot