This is a news story about the resolution of a legal challenge emblematic of the gradual moral decline plaguing our once great nation.
To set the stage, here are headlines from three conservative news sites that reported on the case, the first of which has the largest photo of the painting in question:
● Fox News — Ohio school district agrees to keep portrait of Jesus off wall, pay $95G fine.
● The Washington Times – Jesus portrait forced off school wall by ACLU lawsuit.
● The Daily Caller — ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation pocket $80,000 off Jesus portrait shakedown.
Now that I have piqued your interest, here are facts:
Since 1947, a portrait of Jesus had been hanging in the Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio along with portraits of other historical figures in the “Hall of Honor.” The Jesus portrait was a gift from a Christian–affiliated student group called the Hi-Y Club.
Then, in February of this year, the ACLU teamed with the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and sued the Jackson City School District citing in the suit “unconstitutional” actions and charging that students and visitors to the school, “will continue to suffer permanent, severe, and irreparable harm and injury.”
The school district wanted to fight the suit and moved the portrait to the high school where the Hi-Y Club is now based. They argued that the Christian group had a right to display a portrait of the group’s “leader.”
When the Jackson Board of Education was told that the school district’s insurance company would not pay to fight the lawsuit, the Jesus portrait was moved to the high school’s art-room storage area where no one might be harmed and suffer injury if their eyes happened to gaze upon the portrait. However, it was still “in view of those entering an art-room storage area.”