On July 14, 2003, the following news item appeared:
"PHOENIX (Reuters) -- After more than three decades at the Grand Canyon, three bronze plaques inscribed with biblical passages have been removed by U.S. park officials. . . .
"Officials said they had no choice but to remove the plaques from three popular spots at the majestic canyon's busy South Rim after an inquiry was made by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
"'They are religious plaques on federal buildings and that's not allowed based on the law,' said Maureen Oltrogge, a Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman. . . . "
Normally, such an item would elicit little public interest. But for one American, this obscure news item was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.
This country is in the midst of its second civil war. It only differs from the first civil war in that it is, thank God, non-violent. But the passions are as deep, and the stakes are just as high.
Among the stakes is whether America will remain a Judeo-Christian country with a secular government or become a secular country with a secular government. Organizations such as the ACLU (and your local university) devote massive funds and effort to changing the nature of this country; and with the help of like-minded judges, often prevail.
That the ACLU would write a letter protesting three little plaques at the Grand Canyon with verses from the book of Psalms provides a clear example of how intent the organization is on destroying the Judeo-Christian moral foundations of this society. This, after all, is the same ACLU that went to court in Florida to protect a Muslim woman's right to be photographed for her driver's license ID wearing a veil! If it ain't Judeo-Christian, the ACLU is a big fan of religion.
The story also reveals another typical problem: the fear organizations, including governmental ones, have of taking on the ACLU. Given the amount of money and manpower it would take to fight the ACLU, and given the likelihood of facing a judge with ACLU-like values, why bother fighting? So the National Park Service just lay down and surrendered.
And that is how things would have remained.
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”