The Christian Post reports that “a school district in Ohio has reached a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine. Jackson City School District agreed to the settlement Friday in response to legal action being pushed by the ACLU and the Wisconsin-based group the Freedom From Religion Foundation.”

School districts and municipalities are reluctant to fight the ACLU because if they lose, they’ll have to pay the anti-Christian organization tens of thousands of dollars. Some of the payouts are in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is legal blackmail.

With tight budgets, tax payers don’t want to see their money being paid out in court costs. The ACLU raises millions of dollars each year. Its yearly budget is around $100 million. The ACLU is in the extortion business with liberal courts in collusion:

“The ACLU has received court awarded fees from opponents, for example, the Georgia affiliate was awarded $150,000 in fees after suing a county demanding the removal of a Ten Commandments display from its courthouse; a second Ten Commandments case in the State, in a different county, led to a $74,462 judgment. The State of Tennessee was required to pay $50,000, the State of Alabama $175,000, and the State of Kentucky $121,500, in similar Ten Commandments cases.”

It’s no wonder that Superintendent Phil Howard “agreed to the settlement due to the mounting costs of legally defending the portrait, according to The Associated Press.”

There is nothing unconstitutional about hanging an image of Jesus in a government school, especially when it was included as a “part of a ‘Hall of Honor’ display meant to commemorate famous historical figures.”

There is no violation of either the First Amendment, which prohibits Congress from establishing a religion (the state of Ohio is not Congress), or Ohio’s Constitution since its Preamble states the following:  “We, the people of the State of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare, do establish this Constitution.”
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