Have you been following the religious controversy over in Jackson, Ohio, a small community in the southern part of the state? That’s where the local school board has defied the American Civil Liberties Union and voted to allow a portrait of Jesus to remain hanging in its middle school. The picture’s been hanging there for some 65 years.
The Associated Press’ Dan Sewell reported on the flap earlier this month after a federal lawsuit was filed against the school district by the ACLU and “an unidentified student and two parents,” who claim the district is “unconstitutionally” promoting religion in a public school.
The school board then voted unanimously to allow the Jesus portrait to remain in the school, and said the portrait belongs to the student group that donated and put it up in a school hallway in 1947. It looks like the matter will be settled in court.
So who’s right? The ACLU and the plaintiffs? Or the school board? If you lived in Jackson, which side would you be on? Why? We’d like to hear from you. Send me your thoughts at email@example.com.