If a student group donated a picture of Jesus to a middle school in the 1940s — and it’s been hanging on a wall within the building ever since — is it a question of historical significance or of the separation between church and state? The American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation are at the center of such a case involving an Ohio middle school.
Three plaintiffs, identified only as “Sam Doe,” have brought suit against Jackson Middle School, arguing that a the portrait must come down.
“We’re not violating the law and the picture is legal because it has historical significance. It hasn’t hurt anyone,” the school’s superintendent, Phil Howard, told The Columbus Dispatch.
The lawsuit maintains that the picture’s presence in the school is an endorsement of one religion “improperly entangling the State in religious affairs.”