Though they gathered by the hundreds, they were unified in voice—
The majority has spoken, and the people know their choice
They are standing up for Jesus; it’s the only thing they know
So the US constitution has to go!…
They’ve been pointed to the precedents, and proudly do not care
Cos it’s Jesus Christ, the savior, in the portrait hanging there
With the Christians in majority, our Christian faith is strong
So the US constitution must be wrong!
They’re ignoring the dissenters; they’re ignoring, too, the courts
They’re a tightly knit community—just look at the reports!
The majority’s authority is how they make the rules;
So let’s get the constitution out of schools!
For the people here in Jackson, there’s a lesson to be learned:
If you do not learn from history, you’re likely to get burned
Look at Cranston; look at Dover; here’s a message for you all:
Time to take the silly portrait off the wall.
It really does feel like Cranston all over again (and if there are any folks from Jackson who make their way here, I highly recommend following that link and looking through the Cranston story. It might save you a lot of time and money). There is the helpful advice to anyone offended to just turn their head and not look (Oh, no! A crime is being committed–quick, look away!); there are the two or three brave people standing up to the hundreds who literally try to shout them down; there is the superintendent who claims never to have heard any complaints about the picture (having slept through those who spoke at the meeting, apparently); there are the complaints about an outside agency (FFRF) from Minnesota sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong (but no complaints about the Liberty Institute from Texas coming to their defense, and not much mention of the ACLU of Ohio, who are local and opposed to the portrait); there are claims of “freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion” (while in the comments, a Christian wants the picture down because it violates the commandment forbidding graven images).
Commenters point out that the establishment claus prohibits CONGRESS from favoring a religion, not the schools or local communities–thus showing their greater grasp of constitutional issues than decades of supreme court justices from across political and ideological spectra. The atheist agenda is decried–having no picture of Jesus on the school wall is exactly the same as having a big sign saying “there is no God”. Details of the case get massaged–the portrait is there among the Hall of Honor, honoring teachers (no, it is clearly separate from that display, considerably larger, in a different style, and hung in a prominent place of its own), and represents a great historical figure, not a religious one (which is why all the testimony at the meeting was religious). Children are tearfully claiming that the big mean atheists want to deny them the right to pray at school (a right the ACLU would fight for, and which is in no danger whatsoever).
This should be a slam dunk. Jackson’s lawyers should be advising them strongly and in no uncertain terms that they will lose this case. The town needs a lesson in history and in constitutional law; it’s kind of up to them whether they choose the more expensive version of the lesson.