The attack on Christianity and Christian symbols continues in our country.
A portrait of Jesus that has hung in a southern Ohio school district’s buildings since 1947 has been taken down.
The superintendent of Jackson City Schools says the decision was made after the district’s insurance company declined to cover litigation expenses.
He says a Christian student club that owns the portrait took it down Wednesday morning at his direction.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom from Religion Foundation had sued on behalf of an atheist student student and two parents, calling the portrait an unconstitutional promotion of religion in a public school.
An ACLU spokesman says the lawsuit remains in effect, but will be dropped if the portrait stays down.
Meanwhile some better news on the faith and culture front.
A federal judge in New York has ruled that the World Trade Center cross can be included in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
The cross’s intersecting steel beams survived the World Trade Center collapse. But in July the group American Atheists sued the Museum’s operators. They said including the cross would be an endorsement of Christianity.
According to CNN, U.S. District Judge Deborah Batts ruled that the display of the beams is permissible because they bear historical importance. She wrote that the cross “helps demonstrate how those at ground zero coped with the devastation they witnessed during the rescue and recovery effort.”
Many New Yorkers consider the cross as a beacon of hope that came out of the tragedy. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is scheduled to open next year.
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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