Jackson City Schools' Investigation Finds Jesus Portrait Constitutional

Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:57pm EST

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Attorneys Offer Details on Report and Recommendation During  7 PM  School Board
Meeting  

JACKSON, Ohio,  Feb. 12, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Liberty Institute and
Covington & Burling attorneys announced findings from their report and a
recommendation to the Jackson City School Board. To view the report and findings
online, visit:  https://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=46

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Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute Director of Litigation, stated the following:

* We conducted a thorough investigation and determined that the portrait was not
government speech but rather the private speech of the Hi-Y Club.  
* Because the portrait is private speech, the school may not censor it simply
because of its religious viewpoint.  
* It is unfortunate the ACLU sued rather than participating in the full
investigation like we invited them to do.  
* The ACLU's hard-fought victory at the Supreme Court in the Pinette case
prohibits the school district from discriminating against the Hi-Y Club's
portrait.  
* We would imagine the ACLU will drop its lawsuit, now it is clear the school is
simply complying with Supreme Court precedent that their own organization
established.  
* We feel sure the ACLU would not want the government to discriminate against
private speech.

In January,  Jackson  City School District retained Liberty Institute on a pro
bono basis to investigate the January complaints by the ACLU and Freedom From
Religion Foundation. Last week, the groups filed a lawsuit in federal court
against the District.

About Liberty Institute  
Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to restoring and
defending religious liberty across America - in our schools, for our churches,
and throughout the public arena. Liberty Institute's vision is to reestablish
liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation's founders. Visit 
www.LibertyInstitute.org  for more information.

SOURCE  Liberty Institute


Gregg Wooding, Cell: +1-214-558-9455, Office: +1-972-941-4453,
gwooding@libertyinstitute.org

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