Plaques with Biblical Psalms Removed from Grand Canyon

July 23, 2003

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

On July 23, 2003 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram printed an editorial by Jim Jones stating that "last week, bronze plaques with Bible passages declaring God's majesty and glory were removed from three popular lookout spots on the South Rim of the canyon. Grand Canyon National Park officials removed them after complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and others... During a recent visit, I saw the plaques, including one from Psalms 104:24, which declares: 'Oh Lord, how manifold are thy works, in wisdom hast made them all. The earth is full of thy riches.' To me, as I looked out across God's splendor, the words seemed appropriate... The Rev. Edward Purkey, the park's resident minister, who also is part of an international group called A Christian Ministry to the National Parks, said he has mixed feelings... 'I loved them; I enjoyed them,' he said. 'But it didn't surprise me they were removed. Thirty years ago, America was a more Christian nation. Now we are much more diverse.'"