According to Fox News on Monday, a school district in Ohio has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine.
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.
"This case could have ended before it began if the school had simply acknowledged that it is not the government's place to endorse one specific religion in a public school that children are legally required to attend," said Hardiman.
In January, the Jackson City School District received a letter from the Madison, Wis.-based FFRF regarding a portrait of Jesus that had hung in the local high school since 1947.
The "Head of Christ," a popular depiction of Jesus, had been in an entrance way's "Hall of Honor" in a middle school building that was formerly a high school. It was near portraits of dozens of prominent alumni and people with local roots such as the late four-term Ohio Gov. James Rhodes. The portrait was moved recently by a Christian-based service club to the current high school building.
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