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Ohio school officials say Jesus portrait will stay

Published: Wed, January 9, 2013 @ 1:15 p.m.

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — Leaders of a southern Ohio school district say they won’t remove a large portrait of Jesus that has been a presence in a middle-school building since 1947.

An activist group dedicated to the separation of church and state notified the school district recently that the painting hanging above the entrance of Jackson Middle School is illegal and should be taken down.

During a school board meeting Tuesday night that drew a crowd of 300 people, superintendent Phil Howard said the painting has historical significance and will stay put.

An attorney from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation had written to the school district earlier this month calling the portrait an unconstitutional government endorsement of Christianity.

Jackson is about 70 miles south of Columbus.


1NilesOhio(927 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

They should just stay in Wisconsin and stop trying to bully everyone into disbelief in anything but the almighty dollar.

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2kurtw(1629 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I believe the Portrait of Jesus should be taken down and replaced with that of Karl Marx.

My reason for saying this is that- in my view- the prevailing philosophy of our public school's is more in keeping with the teachings of Marx than those of Jesus. Why be hypocritical?

Further, I feel it is a sacrilege and mockery to place the Head of Christianity , in a place where Christianity, rather than being observed, is flouted ever single day.

Be consistent, and put up Karl Marx instead- he (represented by the Teacher's Union) is in charge now. Jesus, and Christian Teachings, stopped representing what goes on in Public Schools a long time ago. Marxism is the new religion.

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3James_S(268 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

So true kurtw, so true... :^)

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4kurtw(1629 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

The Superintendent down there said the portrait has "historical significance" and should stay put for that reason.

How dumb is that- and how revealing. That's exact;y how most "educators" (sic) feel about the Christian Religion- a part of History (thanks to people like Bill Ayers- Barack's Buddy- also an "educator") and not something we have to worry about anymore- so we can tolerate the picture.

I say take it down- it doesn't belong there anymore. Put it somewhere where it will receive the Honor and Respect it deserves.

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5redeye1(5423 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

kustw Did you ever take a second and think that just by the portrait being there it is doing some good for the students. If I had kids in school I would be joining this fight to keep it there I'm so tired of the minority telling the majority what they do can and not do.

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6JBullfrog(21 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm admittedly pretty liberal, but this kind of stuff is just ridiculous. Are we going to ban religious texts from libraries? Lots of things in the world are offensive, I would hardly put a painting of a man who most likely looks nothing at all like what Jesus actually looked like on that list. The Freedom From Religion Foundation would be better off asking the school system if they could sponsor a workshop for the students about different beliefs which could include Christianity, Buddhism, Agnosticism, Atheism, etc. I bet that would cost a lot less than whatever they're paying their attorney. The point of a school is to educate, after all.

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7kurtw(1629 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Re: "The point of a school is to educate..." That's true, but they're not doing it- Public Schools. Look at how miserably American Students perform on standardized achievement tests.

Tests scores have been slipping for 45 years now- ever since the Sixties. I wonder if there is a connection?

We spend more per capita on Public Education than any other country- with the poorest results. Where is the money going?

I'll tell you where it's going- not for education- it's being spent to promote Liberal Values. The teacher's unions are using our tax dollars to promote a left-wing agenda. They're using public money to rear the next generation of obedient little Liberals- and they're using it to support the Democratic (sic) Party in its Left-ward March.

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8oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Why dont one of these crazies that shoot up places start shooting up these anti religious groups ???? Wouldnt break my heart a bit !

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9Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago


You complain about the media in the rape article and now your doing the same thing. The media has you so brainwashed it's not even funny. Maybe quit being a follower and think for yourself. If it wasn't for the media and internet this "idiot" group in Wisconsin would have no followers. There about as useless as they come. Boy they did a number on you.

If you don't have faith then I feel really bad for you. You have nothing then.


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10TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Kurt, can you cite specific examples of the allegations you are making about public schools?

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11DSquared(1620 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Sure TB. How about the book in the school library titled "Billy has 2 Mommies", condom distribution, birth control distribution, the besmirching of the Founding Fathers,... the list goes on and on!

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12TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

None yet...must be researching

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13TB(1167 comments)posted 3 years ago

Kurt has been on since last commenting on this article, commenting elsewhere, yet no response here.

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