Groups Want Jackson Jesus Picture Removed

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Associated Press

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Updated Tue, Apr 2, 2013 7:29 am
Photo Credit: 
Jeremiah Shaver, Jackson County Times-Journal

Groups suing a southern Ohio school district over a Jesus portrait displayed in a middle school now want the portrait taken down from a high school wall where it was moved.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit in February charging the portrait displayed in the Jackson City Schools middle school unconstitutionally promotes religion at a public school.

They updated their complaint Monday, asking the court to also prohibit the portrait from display in the high school for the same reasons.

School officials say the portrait was moved last month at the preference of a Christian-based student club that the district views as the picture's owner.  School officials say taking the portrait down would censor students' private speech.

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