Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Breaking: Ottawa County Removes Religious Sign In Jenison After Kahle Complaint

By Brandon Hall
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The Remove the Grand Haven Cross group took to Facebook Tuesday to announce they were successful in getting a sign with religious scripture removed from an Ottawa County park.

"We are pleased to report that the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission has responded promptly to MACRA's complaint and demand letter. With "strong [Commission] support for immediate removal of the sign," operations staff removed the offending sign, which impermissibly displayed the following biblical scripture: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Psalm 19:1"

The group had earlier posted:

"On Monday, December 1, the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (or MACRA) sent a letter of complaint to Ottawa County officials on behalf of two county residents who complained about a sign located inside Hager Park (Jenison, Michigan). The sign (pictured below) displays the following message: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork. Psalm 19:1"

This biblical passage, from the Old Testament (King James version), serves no secular purpose, endorses and promotes Judeo-Christainity over other religions, and demonstrates excessive government engagement with religion. The sign violates the constitutional rights of Ottawa County residents and other taxpayers and park users who do not subscribe to the Judeo-Christian faith.

The complaint seeks the immediate removal of the offending sign."


Yes, MACRA is Mitch Kahle and co.

"ANNOUNCEMENT and INVITATION! With all the enthusiastic support for removal of the Grand Haven Cross and Nativity, the members of this Facebook group are joining together with other local civil rights activists to form the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (or MACRA). Membership in MACRA is free and open to any person or organization active in or supportive of civil rights causes in the State of Michigan. If you or your organization would like to join MACRA, please send a brief private message stating your interest or goals and one of our administrators will respond. MACRA's mission will be to facilitate challenges of civil rights violations wherever they are found in the state" 

Read more about Kahle and the Grand Haven Cross "Controversy" below:

Supreme Court Rulings Against Kahle Are Positive Sign For Grand Haven Cross Supporters

Grand Haven Isn't Divided, And This Isn't About "Equal Access"

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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