Last month a rural Ohio school found itself suddenly in the spotlight after the Freedom From Religion Foundation asked the district to remove a depiction of Jesus hanging in one of its schools.
Since that letter was sent, the ACLU of Ohio has joined the debate, and the two organizations have now filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Jackson City Schools requesting they take their painting down.
According to the lawsuit:
“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 district will not relent, and has opted to fight the ACLU and the FFRF in court.
After the case was filed, Jackson school officials made the following statement on the district website:
We are shocked and surprised to hear about this lawsuit. FFRF had asked us to do an investigation, which we started almost immediately. The investigation is almost complete and our attorneys are going to make a report and recommendations at our next board of education meeting on an appropriate course of action.
And at their board meeting last week, Jackson School officials voted that they consider the painting to be protected private speech, and will fight the lawsuit.
You can read the entire court filing for yourself here: