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OH school district says Jesus portrait coming down

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southern Ohio school district says it will tell a student club to take down a Jesus portrait that's hung in its buildings since 1947, because of concerns about the costs of defending it against a federal lawsuit.

An attorney representing Jackson City Schools says the decision was made after the district's insurance company declined to cover litigation expenses. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom from Religion Foundation had sued on behalf of a student and two parents, calling the portrait an unconstitutional promotion of religion in a public school.

The district's board initially voted to keep the portrait up, saying it was donated by the Hi-Y Club and represented the Christian-based club's right to private speech.

A message was left Wednesday for a club legal representative.



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