The ACLU and the FFRF have filed a federal lawsuit in Ohio to get a large picture of Jesus removed from a middle school. This is the case where the clueless superintendent claims that the image is perfectly legal because it’s historical rather than religious.
A portrait of Jesus that hangs prominently in an entranceway at a rural Ohio public school is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and should be removed, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday says.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation say the large portrait at Jackson Middle School unconstitutionally promotes religion. The two groups seek a court order requiring the school to remove the portrait and prohibiting its re-hanging or any substantially similar display in the future.
“The maintenance and display of the portrait has the effect of advancing and endorsing one religion, improperly entangling the State in religious affairs, and violating the personal consciences of plaintiffs,” the lawsuit says.
Attorneys are also asking that the plaintiffs be allowed to maintain their anonymity, which should always be granted in such cases given the long history of violence and intimidation that almost always greets plaintiffs in such cases. And as always, there’s a very simple test of whether the arguments of the other side are to be taken seriously: Would they still think it was merely historical and therefore legal if it was a picture of Muhammad? Not a chance.