Michael F. Haverluck reports at OneNewsNow:
Alleging that a portrait of Jesus . . . that has been hanging inside the entrance of an Ohio middle school for more than 65 years is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Jackson City School District for its permanent removal.
The ACLU of Ohio, along with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, claim that the so-called "separation of church and state" precludes Jackson Middle School from hanging the painting, but School Superintendent Phil Howard disagrees.
"We're not violating the law and the picture is legal because it has historical significance," Howard is quoted as announcing at a school board meeting in January.
The "so-called 'separation of church and state'" is correct. Thomas Jefferson "undoubtedly meant that the First Amendment prohibited the federal Congress from enacting any law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," says Matt Staver of Liberty Counsel, according to OneNewsNow.
"The First Amendment clearly erected a barrier between the federal government and religion on a state level. If a state chose to have no religion, or to have an established religion, the federal government had no jurisdiction one way or the other. This is what Thomas Jefferson meant by the 'wall of separation'," says Staver.