Plaques with Biblical Psalms Removed from Grand Canyon

July 14, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On July 14, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the National Park Service has decided plaques with biblical psalms at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon violate the Constitution, and removed them Wednesday... However, the Park Service decided one of the main trails into Grand Canyon may carry the name Bright Angel, and a number of the formations can share the names of Hindu gods... Maureen Oltrogge, spokeswoman for the Grand Canyon National Park, said three bronze, religious-oriented plaques are no longer at Hermits Rest, Lookout Studio and Desertview Tower - all popular viewing areas for the South Rim. The plaques had been on display for more than 30 years... The Department of Interior determined the plaques - quoting Psalms 68:4, 66:4 and 104:24 - were not appropriate for federal public facilities, Oltrogge said."