County Board to Take Up Bible Sign Removal

To no one’s surprise, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners not far from where I live is going to take up the question of a sign with a Bible verse that was removed from a public park by the park and recs department. Because who’s going to pass up such a great opportunity to pander?

Ryan Kooienga, senior pastor at Harvest Baptist Church, admonished the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Dec. 23, for allowing the sign with the Bible verse Psalm 19:1 to be removed recently from Hager Park. He demanded commissioners move quickly to return the sign to its original location.

“If we don’t take a stand now, when will we?” Kooienga asked county board members.

Take a stand for what, exactly? The right to mark your territory and have the government endorse your religious beliefs but no one else’s? You don’t have any such right to take a stand for.

While the county board decided against taking action at its last meeting of 2014, the board did agree to add the issue to the county board’s work session, after the regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.

“I don’t know what the board will decide, but I think we need to have the discussion,” said Commissioner Dennis VanDam, of Georgetown Township.

They’ve asked the county attorney to give them an opinion on the legal aspects. I can tell them myself. If they put the sign back, they open it up as a limited public forum and other groups will immediately want their own signs put up. And the same Christians who are “standing up” for their right to put up their signs will throw a fit at the idea that anyone else can do the same thing. Because, as always, this is all about preserving Christian privilege.

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  • Matt G

    How many Christians out there actually understand the First Amendment?

  • John Pieret

    they open it up as a limited public forum and other groups will immediately want their own signs put up

    Cue the Satanists …

    Maybe a nice verse from Milton:

    Here at least

    We shall be free; th’ Almighty hath not built

    Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:

    Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce

    To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:

    Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.

  • sheikh mahandi

    If not Milton, how about –

    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

    THE SECOND COMING

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre

    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst

    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;

    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;

    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know

    That twenty centuries of stony sleep

    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

  • raven

    I’m going to go with an “informational sign” about spring.

    At this very moment, Thor and the other Aesir gods are battling the Frost Giants to push them back to Helholme and bring the spring season.

    People will be glad to know this, especially since Michigan looks like a subarctic wasteland, this time of year.

  • dingojack

    During summer, does it just look like a temperate wasteland*?

    :) Dingo

    ————

    *This is the way the world will end,

    This is the way the world will end,

    This is the way the world will end,

    Not with a bang but a whimper.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    At this very moment, Thor and the other Aesir gods are battling the Frost Giants to push them back to Helholme and bring the spring season.

    DId they win too conclusively, and is that why there is global warming?

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Matt G says: How many Christians out there actually understand the First Amendment?

    .

    Plenty, but not the kind who give us trouble. Fundamentalists are incapable of seeing anything from another person’s point of view. When they do try to understand other people, they can only imagine what it would take for them to act in a certain way. So, for example, all atheists are mad at God and just want to have naughty sex, for why else would Joe Fundie say there was no god?

    .

    And yeah, they therefore don’t have much introspective insights, either.

    .

    It’s a toss-up whether they are worse at law, science, rock music, or comedy.