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Written by Don Byrd   
Monday, 07 January 2013

A school superintendent in Southern Ohio is defiantly refusing to remove a portrait of Jesus from the school's hall. Rejecting a request from a church-state advocacy group, Phil Howard says the picture at Jackson Middle School is not a school endorsement of Christianity because it was given to the school by a group of students.

He won't remove it unless a court or his school board orders him to. Maybe they should. Otherwise, how could he turn down any number of portraits students may now bring to him for display - from Joseph Smith to Vishnu, maybe even including the Flying Spaghetti Monster - without improperly showing religious favoritism?

Memo to school leaders: it's not just the initiation of religion that indicates endorsement. It's also the choice to give or deny a forum.

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