Jesus Portrait Removed From Ohio School Due to Legal Threat

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An Ohio public middle school removed a long-standing portrait of Christ from its hallway this week due to lawsuit threats.

An Ohio public middle school removed a long-standing portrait of Jesus from its hallway this week due to lawsuit threats from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation on behalf of a student and two parents. The superintendent of Jackson City Schools directed a Christian student club to remove the portrait when the district’s insurance company refused to cover litigation expenses of the lawsuit.

The Jesus portrait had been displayed on a wall in the school since 1947 along with photos of dozens of prominent alumni and local dignitaries.

“At the end of the day, we just couldn’t roll the dice with taxpayer money,” said Phil Howard, superintendent. “When you get into these kinds of legal battles, you’re not talking about money you can raise with bake sales and car washes. It’s not fair to take those resources from our kids’ education.”

The ACLU stated that they would drop the lawsuit if the portrait was removed. Hiram Sasser, an attorney with the Liberty Institute that helped defend the school, said Wednesday that the Christian student club could file its own lawsuit for the right to display the portrait, but he didn’t know its plans.

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  • Jed

    Should not have any graven images or pictures depicting God/Jesus…(second commandment)..nobody knows what Jesus actually looked give it a break1

  • Booker Israel

    Let’s face it,,, It is not the portrait, it is Jesus of Nazareth, Lion of Judah that they have rejected !! Would they rather have the shooting, knifing continued in schools? Light came into the world but surely men still prefer darkness instead!!

  • Deana Callins

    There is nothing we do (sin or righteousness) before God that is new to him. He created all things. He knows all things. I realized, that’s why The Holy Bible is Uptodate at this present Time. The same Righteousness before; is the same today. The same sins in the past; is the same today. The Holy Bibles instructions, examples, judgments, favor, rebuke, are the same concerning our actions today. Because the way God feels about doing good or evil has Not changed. There is nothing new under the sun. Learn from others mistakes. That’s why God wrote them for an example to us. Learn by the examples of those who were good. Go bless all who receive this. Remember… Jesus Christ said Believe Only. Do not fear. Do not doubt.


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