Jackson High Schools Removes Jesus Painting To Avoid Legal Fight

A copy of this popular painting hung in a Jackson High School hallway for more than 60 years.(Photo: Flickr)
A copy of this popular painting hung in a Jackson High School hallway for more than 60 years.(Photo: Flickr)

A southern Ohio school district has agreed to take down a painting of Jesus amid a legal challenge claiming that it’s an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity.

Jackson City Schools Superintendent Phil Howard said the decision to remove the portrait from a school hallway came because the district could end up paying significant legal fees and costs if it lost the lawsuit brought by two parents and a student.

American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio spokesman Nick Worner says the district voluntarily agreed to remove the Jesus portrait during a U.S. District Court hearing Tuesday in Columbus.

School officials say the portrait, which has hung in school hallways since 1947, is owned by a Christian-based student club and represents private speech.

Comments
  • http://www.facebook.com/peterboyle.4848 Peter Boyle

    What part of Separation of Church and State do they fail to understand? How did they get away with that for so long? Time for pushy christians to rethink their status and give up their Taliban ways.

  • Joseph Adler

    As long as it was on the wall with the approval of the school administration it was not private speech.

  • Rob

    Wow! A Christian organization is allowed to put this up and people are offended! What are they afraid will happen. What kind of Nazi state do these parents want? Walking through a public school you can spot pictures of all kinds of things others will object too for various reasons but unless it is pornographic or obscene in nature who is it harming? Is a poster for a GLBT club endorsing that lifestyle? Would a Planned Parenthood poster be endorsing what they stand for, which apparently includes infanticide?

  • Faith

    Beautiful painting ,one day they will have to acknowledge that he is the creator of all things and one and only mighty God.