ACLU, FFRF misusing Constitution

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are suing an Ohio school district over a portrait of Jesus that's been hanging in a school for more than half a century.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)The plaintiffs contend that the portrait is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion, but Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel insists that nothing about it is unconstitutional.

"The Founders would've burnt down the house if [they] thought this was the kind Constitution and nation that they were constructing, would have never envisioned the Constitution being used in this fashion," Staver submits.

He says the Constitution does not indulge the lowest common objector who claims to be offended in such instances.

"Just because you have one person objecting doesn't mean that they have a veto right over anything that they deem to be offensive," the attorney asserts. "That's essentially what this particular lawsuit is about -- Simply because one person has a distorted view of reality and wants to object, they want to have their way to remove a portrait that's been there for 50 years. They've hade 50-plus graduating classes. and not one of them has had a problem with this picture until now."

An anonymous Jackson Middle School student, on whose behalf the complaint was filed, claims to be a Christian but says the portrait portrays the Christian faith in a way that distorts his or her beliefs. ( See earlier story)

Jackson City Schools Superintendent Phil Howard tells The Christian Post, "We are shocked and surprised to hear about this lawsuit. FFRF had asked us to do an investigation, which we started almost immediately."

He also told WKKJ-FM of Chillicothe that the Jesus portrait is one of several pictures on the "Hall of Honor" at the middle school. "I'm not going to run down there and take the picture down because some group from Madison, Wisconsin, who knows nothing about the culture of our community or why the picture is even there, wants me to take it down," he declared.

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