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