One year after a painting of Jesus Christ was removed from an Ohio high school, residents have unveiled a successor, ensuring the painting, which was in the building for over 40 years, receives a proper tribute.
Last November, the East Muskingum school board unanimously voted to take down a painting of Christ – “The Good Shepherd” – at John Glenn High School in New Concord, Ohio, to avoid a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The painting was later donated to a local Presbyterian Church.
The action came after Allison Whaley, who was then a senior, got upset that the school removed an art class project which included a t-shirt with the words, “Gay is Okay.” She asked that the painting be removed with the aid of the ACLU, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
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A sign with the image is now back up on the property of Terry and Cathy Hodgson’s property. It cost about $6,000 and was funded by private donors. It will feature a light and has “Psalm 23” printed on the side.
— Zanesville News (@TimesRecorder) October 18, 2014
Cathy told the Zanesville Times Recorder last week that having the painting in the school was like Jesus “was there watching over the students,” and wanted to help any way she could
“I went to that school and graduated from that school…I really felt good about it… I was proud to do it. Anybody who doesn’t want him, that’s fine.”
H/T The Blaze
Photo: Waiting For The Word (Flickr) (cropped)