Wooden Sign Featuring Old Testament Verse Comes Down from Michigan Park After Atheists Point Out That It’s Illegal

If you were to walk into Hager Park in Jenison, Michigan sometime in the past 50 years, you might have seen this sign near the picnic shelter:

The sign [was] erected in the late 1960s by the Ottawa County Road Commission… The wording on the sign was a verse from the Bible, Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

That’s… not right. Why is a government park promoting Christianity?

The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists, which is also fighting a hydraulic cross in the city of Grand Haven, wrote a letter to Ottawa County officials demanding that the sign come down:

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Ohio Governor Says Schools Wanting Tax Dollars for Mentorship Program Must Partner with Faith-Based Organization

Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich (below) championed a mentoring program for his state that would allocate $10 million to districts and private schools. Because he’s a man committed to bettering the educational opportunities of economically disadvantaged students.

Which is why, now that the measure succeeded and was signed into law, he’s tacked on a heretofore undisclosed requirement that all mentoring programs must partner with a “faith-based” non-profit or church.

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Town of Jay (Florida) Sells Off Nativity Scene to Avoid Lawsuit

The town of Jay, Florida has had a Nativity scene in front of City Hall for the past 40 years, a clear promotion of Christianity by the local government. When the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent town officials a letter last week explaining this problem, they offered a possible solution — one they suggested to a neighboring town a couple of years ago:



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Ken Ham’s Latest Video Shows He Still Doesn’t Get Why His Ark Park Isn’t Getting a Tax Rebate

Following the rejection of his Ark Park’s tax rebates, potentially costing him more than $18,000,000, Ken Ham released a video yesterday commenting on the setback.

In the video, Ham is in his element: Misrepresenting his ideological opponents and showcasing his own ignorance.



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Conservative Congress Looks to Further Reward States That Teach Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

Facing a(nother) looming budget showdown, conservatives in Congress wasted no time in steering negotiations toward conservative goals, like so-called “pro-life policy” such as focusing on abortion coverage and promoting abstinence-only sex ed.

Nevermind that abstinence-only ed is a monumental failure; nevermind that abstinence educators often mislead and degrade students. It’s part of the Christian conservative social agenda, and legislators are (predictably) pursuing it.



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