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Atheist Group Demands Jesus Photo Be Removed From Ohio School
inquisitr.com ^ | January 8, 2013

Posted on 01/09/2013 4:38:02 AM PST by ilovesarah2012

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, is demanding that a southern Ohio middle school remove a framed photo of Jesus Christ. The photo has hung in the school building for several decades. The Madison Wisconsin-based group is citing an “unidentified complainant” in its crusade to have the removed from the public school.

The Jackson Middle School is a part of the only school district which serves the Ohio town. The demand from the atheist group to remove the framed image of Jesus Christ began as a local story in our rural region, but has since garnered national headlines.

Jackson Superintendent of Schools Phil Howard had this to say during an interview with Pete Wilson of The Telegram, the local paper which serves the region:

“I will follow a directive from a court, a judge, or a vote by our board of education to do so. But I will certainly not take the picture down because a group that knows nothing about the culture of our community wants it to be taken down. I personally support it being there and so does every member of our board of education.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation reportedly consists of approximately 18,000 members. An excerpt from the letter the atheist group sent to the Ohio school reads:

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1 posted on 01/09/2013 4:38:12 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Well, no problem. I hereby demand as a religious activist that such a picture be displayed In all schools. I have rights too. So it’s a draw. Now lets go solve real problems.


2 posted on 01/09/2013 4:41:23 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (...and to the Republic for which it STOOD...)
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To: ilovesarah2012

If they have a photo of Jesus Christ. Then this is news!


3 posted on 01/09/2013 4:42:20 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: ilovesarah2012
This is just down the road from me and the Citizens of Jackson are basically saying to the complainers "You can kiss our collective country asses!"

Its been hanging there longer than Obama has been alive. I don't think the town will knuckle under without a very large fight!

4 posted on 01/09/2013 4:45:25 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: BigCinBigD

I didn’t realize there was one either. Has it been authenticated?


5 posted on 01/09/2013 4:45:39 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
The only time the evil Leftist fascist atheists would not have wanted Christ to be removed was when he was on the Cross.
6 posted on 01/09/2013 4:48:11 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Banning guns over Adam Lanza would be like banning speech over Bill Maher.")
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To: ThePatriotsFlag
Jesus was a magnificent civil rights activist.

He corrected His listeners on their treatment of the indigent and ill.

He was victimized by "the man".

As far as being the inspiration for the cult called Christianity: what's wrong with that?

Don't I see Justin Bieber's picture everywhere?

7 posted on 01/09/2013 4:49:01 AM PST by LoveUSA (God employs Man's strength; Satan exploits Man's weakness.)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

WEll, it’s a better argument than you might imagine. Kicking Jesus out of the school leaves them vulnerable to the enemy coming in. Gun arguments are completely senseless. Anywoay, it would have taken Jack Bauer AND Tony to prevent what happened the way we’re told it happened, or a similar scenario.

No Jesus, no prayer, no protection from the enemy; see Newtown. the religious don’t seem to be willing to make this argument.

If we have to prove God and the enemy exist, they have to prove they don’t.


8 posted on 01/09/2013 4:54:07 AM PST by stanne
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To: ilovesarah2012

Atheists are so funny. They “say” the don’t believe and yet the picture of some “fictional” person gets their undies all knotted. And yet it’s not just any “fictional” person that upsets them. Hang a picture of Harry Potter and they’d be fine. It’s only pictures of Jesus Christ (whom they consider fictional) that upset them.

Hmmmmmm, maybe deep down they do believe and they are afraid. Too funny.


9 posted on 01/09/2013 4:56:08 AM PST by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: ilovesarah2012

They should have more respect for old photographs. There aren’t many true likenesses floating around. And we shouldn’t respect the rights of Christians who uphold the Second Commandment anyway.


10 posted on 01/09/2013 4:56:44 AM PST by PAR35
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To: ilovesarah2012

Wow- Jesus is so powerful, that the simple thought of His name, evoked by random drawing of him, over 2000 years after he is born, STILL makes sinners feel like they are dying.

Blessed be your name- Father. AND Thank you for the reminder Atheist group. Those of us who find shelter in that name, should be filled with thankfulness at this story.


11 posted on 01/09/2013 5:00:34 AM PST by Truth2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Also any Freeper help in way of getting this story on Drudge would be appreciated!


12 posted on 01/09/2013 5:03:10 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: BigCinBigD

“If they have a photo of Jesus Christ. Then this is news!”

You beat me to it. Maybe St. Matthew’s last name was Brady.


13 posted on 01/09/2013 5:09:50 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: ilovesarah2012

They want the photo banned in the name of tolerance.

Funny they want pictures of some hippie depicting Jesus to be banned so they can offend Christians and they want pictures of Mohammed banned because they don’t want to offend Muslims.


14 posted on 01/09/2013 5:11:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

So much for freedom of religion in America. We’ve lost both the First and Second Amendments. Welcome to communism.


15 posted on 01/09/2013 5:34:08 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Where can I pick up a 2013 Mayan calendar?)
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To: John O
It’s only pictures of Jesus Christ (whom they consider fictional) that upset them.

Many, probably most, atheists consider Jesus bar-Joseph to have been a real person.

They just his status as the Son of God to be fictional.

16 posted on 01/09/2013 5:34:36 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: ilovesarah2012

The Shroud of Turin is the only image of Christ that I am aware of. It’s not a picture or photo.


17 posted on 01/09/2013 5:48:13 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I’ve long seen copies of this particular picture of Jesus, but have never seen any description of who created it or when.

It used to be very popular in institutional settings from at least the 1940s to the 1960s, but today it has been somewhat overwhelmed by the huge amount of (for the most part still respectful) other Jesus iconography. It is currently about 90th on a GIS.

However, this being said, I wonder if a school could really irritate the atheists by putting on a display of “religious iconography from around the world” as an *art* display?

Since there is such an enormous amount of Christian art, and Jewish art that is inoffensive to Christians because it is shared by them, it would obviously dominate the ‘exhibit’. And because iconography is forbidden in Islam, a brief notation should be posted that they do not allow depictions of their god, people or even animals. And maybe in a small area in the back, put up a picture of the Hindu gods Ganesh and Shiva.

Not only would this irritate the heck out of the atheists as such, but it could show the kids fine art; and if the atheists demanded “equal time”, the school could ignore them on the grounds that they do have atheist art, as such, other than attempts to disrespect and insult the religious beliefs of others, “so do not deserve a place at the table.”

If they insist, put up pictures of Mao and Stalin, along with descriptions of the destruction and murder they wrought. “This is the ‘art’ of atheists.”


18 posted on 01/09/2013 5:50:24 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: ilovesarah2012
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist group, is demanding that a southern Ohio middle school remove a framed photo of Jesus Christ.

I'm pretty sure it's a fake, so no biggie.

19 posted on 01/09/2013 5:54:42 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (I think, therefore I am what I yam, and that's all I yam - Rene "Popeye" Descartes)
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To: BigCinBigD

If they have a photo of Jesus Christ. Then this is news!

Kodak has been around much, much longer than anyone realized.


20 posted on 01/09/2013 5:55:30 AM PST by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: BigCinBigD

FFR sure spends a lot of time arguing about something they say doesn’t exist...lol

I wish Jesus would visit the founder personally so they could REALLY be offended


21 posted on 01/09/2013 5:56:55 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Can I vote for a ban of FFRF from society. They offend me...lol


22 posted on 01/09/2013 5:59:06 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Can I vote for a ban of FFRF from society? They offend me...lol


23 posted on 01/09/2013 5:59:27 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: ilovesarah2012

This is about 30 miles from us—we live down on the OH/WV border (Ohio side, obviously). It’s the first I’ve heard of it. This part of the state is very conservative and religion is a way of life. Prayer is not unheard of at school functions like graduations and other ceremonies. Jackson is a town full of good God-fearing people—can’t imagine they would stand for this garbage.


24 posted on 01/09/2013 6:04:00 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

Is the photo autographed?


25 posted on 01/09/2013 6:24:50 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Tell them it’s a portrait of Barry Gibb. They won’t know the difference and who doesn’t love the Bee Gees?


26 posted on 01/09/2013 6:25:16 AM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: ilovesarah2012

To be fair, they should just put up an empty frame next to it.


27 posted on 01/09/2013 6:27:08 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: Mr. Know It All

or Kenny Loggins


28 posted on 01/09/2013 6:28:04 AM PST by stuartcr ("I upraded my moral compass to a GPS, to keep up with the times.")
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To: Sherman Logan
Many, probably most, atheists consider Jesus bar-Joseph to have been a real person.

Actually, there's been a growing movement to deny the historicity of Jesus over the last ten years. Claims that Jesus was a complete fiction are starting to get pretty common these days. I don't know what percentage of atheists buy into that, but their number is growing rapidly.

The irony is that they claim to be all about "facts" and "science" and "reason" with this claim, but purely secular archaeology strongly supports the existence of a real person. Jesus has more historical documentation than Alexander the Great and nobody doubts the he was real.

29 posted on 01/09/2013 6:30:52 AM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: ilovesarah2012

Sounds like a “Freedom FROM Information” request.


30 posted on 01/09/2013 6:34:20 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

The news last night showed footage of a Board of Education meeting where they booed the woman making the point for the FFR group. Then there was a vote, and all I could see were raised hands for keeping the picture. Good for them! The picture stays for now!


31 posted on 01/09/2013 6:36:48 AM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: FamiliarFace

Doesn’t surprise me in the least! Thank the Lord for sanity in our small communities. Their neighbors down here in Gallia County stand with them.


32 posted on 01/09/2013 6:45:48 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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To: Happy Rain

Well stated.


33 posted on 01/09/2013 6:49:26 AM PST by Pecos (If more sane people carried guns, fewer crazies would get off a second shot.)
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To: Mr. Know It All

Claims that Jesus never existed at all have been around for at least a century.

I don’t know any serious historian who gives such claims any credence.

There is little contemporaneous secular evidence of Jesus’ life, which is exactly what we would expect given the description of his life in the gospels. But I think the evidence he was a real person is overwhelming, though the details of his life are debatable.


34 posted on 01/09/2013 6:57:47 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: stanne

“No Jesus, no prayer, no protection from the enemy; see Newtown. the religious don’t seem to be willing to make this argument.”

Perhaps because it is not a valid argument. An image of what someone thinks Jesus looked like is not a talisman against worldly evils. Allegiance to Jesus will on balance make things more difficult in this world. He said as much.

From John 15:
“18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”


35 posted on 01/09/2013 7:13:59 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Many of them like Promethean imagery. Never mind that Prometheus is a Titan from Greek mythology.


36 posted on 01/09/2013 7:19:38 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Atheists spend a lot of time trying to destroy things they don’t believe in. If God and Jesus don’t exist, what’s their problem?


37 posted on 01/09/2013 10:42:09 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Psalm 144

“An image of what someone thinks Jesus looked like is not a talisman against worldly evils.”

Oh, OK then the Atheists shouldn’t have a problem with it.

But they do.


38 posted on 01/09/2013 10:58:01 AM PST by stanne
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To: Psalm 144

“No Jesus, no prayer, no protection from the enemy; see Newtown. the religious don’t seem to be willing to make this argument.”

Perhaps because it is not a valid argument. An image of what someone thinks Jesus looked like is not a talisman against worldly evils

If you read what I wrote,

“No Jesus, no prayer, no protection from the enemy”

I did not make a direct correlation between the image and the presence, you did.

Your argument states that the image is not an issue.

It IS THE issue in this situation.

Your argument sides with the athiests, allowing them to get rid of the image. They say it’s valuable, but you say it isn’t/ If you were the decider your argument is that the image can be removed as it is worthless.

So why is it going to court.

You might just go in and say why you
re against the image and sidle up.

But don’t bring me into it, I’m commenting on the image which is central to the issue in this case.


39 posted on 01/09/2013 11:11:19 AM PST by stanne
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