I ask because recently my local stomping grounds had this come up. A senior got upset because a "gay pride" shirt was removed from display due to problems it was causing so she decided she was against a picture of Jesus that had been donated over 30 years ago in memory of a teacher who died in front of her students. This teacher was loved by everyone in the school and all knew of her belief in Christ. She never taught it in class but she let it show by her actions. There is a tag at the bottom of the picture that says "In Memory of". It was also hung in a hall inside the teachers/principals office after the school was remodeled so the general body of students don't see it.
There are many sides to this story and you'd have to make up your own mind if she did it in response to the shirt being removed. Oh and there was also a Pro Life Shirt removed for becoming disruptive but it's never mentioned.
I don't believe in teaching the Bible in class, etc but this has hung at the school for over 30 years and never been a problem. Of course now the ACLU is involved so I"m sure it's coming down but if it does then the house right next to the school has offered to have an outdoor display built and place it in there so that it is seen by everyone. This is NOT a big city school but a small country school so it's unlikely to be vandelized.
I guess I'd like to know when is a memorial a memorial and when is it religion? If a Druid dies and they plant a tree on school property in memory is it religion? What about memory gardens that are planted? Should they be ripped out because someone is allergic to what is planted in them? What about the benches that they do in memory of someone? If someone were to fall and get hurt would they rip them out?
As you can tell this whole thing has me stirred up because when I went to school the painting may have been of Christ but what I saw was this teacher who loved her students. The school secretary was actually in her class that day and was the one who ran down the hallway yelling for help. To her it reminds her of the love she had. So yes it is a picture of Christ but it's also a Memorial of the love she had for her "flock"
Answer by Dardenella at 1:36 AM on Nov. 15, 2013
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Answer by NotPanicking at 12:25 PM on Nov. 15, 2013
I agree with you they are not worshiping the physical object, as I've stated before. That's not really the point here in the discussion. A picture of Christ is a very symbolic item of the Christian faith. Government funded schools are not supposed to endorse any particular religion, and having this picture out on display for students OR faculty (since you said it was moved to an office) can be perceived as an endorsement.
And plenty of altars have pictures of Jesus on display, if this is what you're hung up on.
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