The Harrison County (WV) School has decided to throw in the towel on the fight for a portrait of Jesus (did He sit for a portrait?) that hung in the Bridgeport High School, this after the portrait was stolen:
The board has authorized its legal counsel to take steps to have the case dismissed.
All that is left is an empty space in the hallway of Bridgeport High School. It's where the portrait of Jesus Christ once hung, but was stolen just weeks ago....
"In light of current controversy surrounding the painting, we need to evaluate what would be best for the community as a whole," says board member Mike Queen.
In reaction to the board's decision, a spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State said in a statement, "I'm delighted by this decision. I think the school board has seen the light and has chose not to replace the portrait but simply not to fight our lawsuit."
The ACLU, another civil liberties group involved in the lawsuit, said it's also happy with the outcome.
Well, having a 'portrait' of Jesus hanging in the school is perhaps more a matter of good taste than of constitutionality. That said, once again the ACLU and their ilk get their way with hardly firing a shot as yet another school board cowers before them. And apparently the best way to win a lawsuit over a portrait is simply for the portrait to be stolen during the course the suit so that everyone can simply shrug their shoulders and move on. (Is anyone actually looking for the portrait pilferer?)
The only thing more annoying than the ACLU, et al in this case is the linguine spined school board. Harrison County doesn't need a school board at all. They have the ACLU and portrait thieves to set their policy.