Ottawa County says it will keep sign with Bible verse

Associated Press

Georgetown Township — Officials in a western Michigan county have voted to reinstall a park sign that quotes the Bible.

The sign carries an excerpt from Psalm 19 declaring the glory of God. It was removed last year from Hager Park in Ottawa County’s Georgetown Township after complaints that public property was being used to promote religion.

In a 9-2 vote Tuesday, county commissioners say the sign will return in one form or another.

The family that gave land for the park is willing to put the sign elsewhere to end the controversy. If that happens, county Administrator Al Vanderberg says commissioners will put up a similar sign in the park.

The sign has been in Hager Park since the 1960s. Ottawa County is along Lake Michigan and is a culturally conservative area with many churches.