Remember that lawsuit over a picture of Jesus at a school in Ohio? Well the school has now moved the picture from the middle school to the high school, apparently at the request of the Christian student group whose ancestors donated the picture to the school decades ago.
A Jesus portrait that has embroiled a southern Ohio school district in a federal lawsuit has been moved from the middle school to a high school at the preference of a Christian-based student club that the district views as the picture’s owner…
Schools Superintendent Phil Howard said he is not sure what, if any, effect moving the portrait might have on the lawsuit, but he said the district had no choice.
“We have to respect the rights of the club,” Howard said. “Failure to do so might open the district to even another lawsuit — this time by the H-Y club” — or violate the U.S Constitution by “turning the portrait into government speech.”
Officials have maintained that taking the portrait down would censor students’ private speech.
“It belongs to the club,” Howard said. “It’s student speech, not government speech.”
They’re really trying to push this “hey, it’s not our picture” argument. I say test them on it. We need to get an SSA club at that school and have them donate their own picture. Maybe Darwin? Or Christopher Hitchens? Or a Muslim club to donate a picture of Mohammad. Wait, they don’t allow pictures of Mohammad. Maybe the SSA should request that one, which would enrage both the Christians and the Muslims.