An Ohio school district has agreed to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine in the face of legal pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union. The Jackson City School District, located in Jackson, reached a deal on Friday after the ACLU, along with the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, sued the district in February, citing “unconstitutional” actions and charging that students and visitors to the school “will continue to suffer permanent, severe and irreparable harm and injury,” according to the lawsuit. The picture had been hanging in Jackson’s
Well, since we don´t know at all what Jesus Christ looked like, it´s not really such a big thing. They expend such energy fighting against someone they argue either didn´t really live or wasn´t really anyone important.
Obama will if he is allowed to continue to tear this country down. At this rate, it is going to take that long to recover financially, emotionally, and morally. We are being taken back to the days of Sodom, and we will pay eventually. Removing God from the lives of our children is already causing noticeable harm.
Privatize schools. Pay to go to your own school. States set the curriculum and there are state tests for some uniformity, but that is it. Let the private sector attract the best teachers.
Not sure if anyone noticed, but there is not only an upswing in home-schooling, but also in REMOTE learning. That is, you get a teacher, attend class virtually, all through your computer. And it´s free. Booming in California, I have three different paths to go if I wish to enroll my son, which I probably will when he reaches Junior High--where all the smelliness starts.
That way, have your picture of Jesus right on the wall and read your Bible during breaks, and there is not one thing the ACLU can do about it. Further, for families that want sports, pay for it themselves, and say any prayer you wish before your PRIVATE games.
Tell the ACLU to go pound sand. I might just hang a cross behind where my son sits in plain view of the other students, just to p*** them off!
I am absolutely appalled. Even if you are a nonbeliever, Jesus of Nazareth was a remarkable teacher and example of a man, a life well lived, and a brave death.
Does anyone really think a portrait in a school of the avatar of Western values is a connection of church and state? Especially when no (obviously) time whatsoever is devoted to the teaching of Christian values...
Wreckers, who build nothing in the vacant air they leave behind.
Our country has prospered because the Founding Fathers believed in the Liberty to live our lives in accordance with God´s Plan for each of us, allowing for Free Will to live out that Plan or fail by the failure to do so. In God we trust--not the government´s will or plan. Putting one´s trust in the government or anyone else but God just invites the chaos and uncertainty we face today.
I dunno, I believe in Jesus Christ, but I´ve never much cared for Western idolatry. This may be something of a victory for the liberals over outward religion, yet I´m not at all bothered that a graven image of Christ has been removed.
Freedom FROM religion foundation? What a perversion of the first amendment! Early schools used the bible as their reader. I wonder how the children managed to survive without permanent psychological damage without the ACLU around to look out for their well being.
Legal extortion. The Freedom from Religion Foundation makes its living (and pays its attorneys) with funds extorted from schools. This is not about actual endorsement of religion by a government. It is a failed attempt to remove Christ and his church from the public realm.
Fine bunch they are. The ACLU has been known to occasionally serve some good to go with the extortion they extract.
As for these two organizations, their time will come. And they will wonder what happened. They will one day see clearly just what they are, and it will be too late.
I did not know any portrait of Jesus existed. What cave did they find it in, or is this the generic thing we usually see with all the Oddly Aryan features rather than looking like Dustin Hoffman? How can anyone get so bent out of shape over something so bizarre?
Following remarks on a “keep your plan” fix for the Affordable Care Act, CBS reporter Major Garrett grilled the president Thursday afternoon on whether Americans deserve “greater accountability” surrounding the administration’s repeated promises to the American people that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” “You said while the law was being debated, ‘If you like your plan, you can keep it,’” Garrett began. “You said after the law was implemented or signed, ‘If you liked your plan, you can keep it.’ Americans believed you, sir, when you said that to them over and over.” “Do you not believe, sir,
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