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ACLU seeks removal of Ohio school's Jesus portrait



Published: Thu, February 7, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m.

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and another group are asking a federal judge to make a southern Ohio middle school take down its portrait of Jesus.

The ACLU of Ohio and the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation contend the large portrait hanging in a public school violates constitutional requirement for separation of church and state, and promotes a single religion.

Their lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court after complaints by both groups to Jackson City Schools.

A message for comment was left today at the school district, some 65 miles south of Columbus.

School officials had said earlier that the portrait, at the Jackson Middle School building since 1947, has historical importance and that they planned to leave it in place.


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1Sumpintasay(55 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

I think these people should just knock it off.
Jesus Christ was a real person who once roamed the Earth and he is a historical person of interest. Whether or not he is the Messiah is up to each individual to believe or disbelieve. The painting is not bothering anyone and unless someone from that school is having an issue, it is none of Madison, Wisconsin's business what people in Jackson, Ohio have hanging on the wall at their middle school.

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