The ACLU of Ohio and the Freedom from Religion Foundation have filed a lawsuit against the Jackson City school district over a depiction of Jesus that hangs in a district middle school.
But in an effort to keep the painting, the district passed a policy at its last board meeting declaring some parts of the school a “limited public forum.”
According to the newly passed policy, as long as the painting hangs in a space that is considered a limited public forum for student speech, and other student organizations are allowed to hang similar images of “inspirational figures,” the painting of Jesus should be protected as private speech.
“Our position on the portrait hasn’t changed,” says Nick Dorner of the ACLU of Ohio. He says the school will have to include whatever policies they pass in their court case.
But, he says, “we still think it’s an unconstitutional endorsement of one religion by a school.”
You can read the entire policy below, and decide for yourself.