Group says Park Service stalls on faith displays

April 1, 2011

A national alliance of public employees is accusing the National Park
Service of "leadership paralysis" for not addressing questions about
religious displays at federal parks.

The group Public Employees
for Environmental Responsibility had asked the Park Service last
September about plaques containing biblical psalms at Grand Canyon
National Park in Arizona and a stupa (a Buddhist religious monument) at
Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico.

The organization
questions whether the displays are constitutional. "When it comes to
religious displays, Park Service leadership reacts like a deer in the
headlights—afraid to move but frozen in an indefensible position," said
Jeff Ruch, executive director of the alliance, in a March 31 statement.