A picture of Jesus was taken down from an Ohio government school because of legal challenges. (I’ll get to why I’m in favor of the picture’s removal in a moment.) The picture has hung in Jackson Middle School since 1947 when schools didn’t need metal detectors and zero tolerance rules that will get a child expelled for biting a Pop-Tart in the shape of a gun:
“The decision to take the picture down came after a student and two parents, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio and the Freedom from Religion Foundation, had sued the school district. The lawsuit claimed the picture was unconstitutional, as it promoted a particular set of religious beliefs.”
How can a picture of Jesus be unconstitutional when the Constitution makes reference to Jesus Christ, albeit indirectly, in the Constitution?
“Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the twelfth…”
The “Lord” is Jesus because of the dating — 1787 years after His birth.
I realize that people from the ACLU and other anti-religion groups will object to the above argument by claiming that it was the convention of the time. It certainly was, and so were the numerous rights found in the final version of the Constitution. So should they be of no effect?
So why do I want the picture of Jesus removed?
When you see a sign with a skull and cross bones on it, you know that danger lies ahead. A “Beware of Dog” sign is indicative of a place you don’t want to go. The proverbial junkyard dog comes to mind. Mean and nasty. Don’t even try to hop the fence.
When you see a picture of Jesus hanging in a building, for the majority of people, it’s most likely considered to be a safe place.
I don’t want parents and their children to get the idea that government schools are safe places.
Jesus would not want His picture hanging in government schools, first, it’s not a very good likeness, and second, He wouldn’t want to give the impression that He agrees with what’s going on in today’s government schools.
You would think that parents would have come to realize that government schools are against their values. And yet they still send their children there. It’s very perplexing to me.
Actually it’s not. Parents think they are getting a “free education.” It’s not free. There is a monetary price that other people are paying for their children’s education. They’re part of fiscal problem our nation is facing. Moreover, what their children are being taught ends up costing a great deal in the future as more government-educated young people become wards of the State and demand more “free” services and programs.