Ohio School Board Votes to Keep Jesus Portrait

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An Ohio school board has voted unanimously to keep a portrait of Jesus hanging in a school building, saying it's protecting student's free speech rights.

The portrait has been on display in Jackson Middle School since about 1947. The school is about 65 miles south of Columbus.

Tuesday's vote comes despite a federal lawsuit by The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Freedom from Religion Foundation, who say the portrait violates the U.S. Constitution.

"The maintenance and display of the portrait has the effect of advancing and endorsing one religion, improperly entangling the State in religious affairs, and violating the personal consciences of plaintiffs," the lawsuit says.

But the school board said the portrait belongs to the student group that put it up, the Hi-Y club. It said it will allow other student clubs to hang portraits appropriate to their groups.

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