I will say that I seriously doubt any students were ever made to pray at the foot of the picture. I suspect, over the years, many a student has been told to stand there and look at Jesus when they have been naughty. This was done at my OWN school quite frequently. It was very effective on Christian students. I always wondered what non-Christians were thinking and how insulting it was to them. Religious symbols (and a picture of Christ is certainly one of them) come with a lot of baggage. You and I will have to agree to disagree. They aren't the same as a white wall of paint. They make a statement. I share the original poster's curiosity about a group who had nothing better to do than go out of their way to fight the battle to remove the picture. I do think there are probably better ways to spend such energy, but I cannot disagree with the fact it didn't belong there. The only thing that bothers me is that the School itself hadn't removed it a long time ago without being prompted.If the picture was used as a teaching device, or if the kids were forced to pray at the foot of the picture, then yeah, it should be gone. But that wasn't the case. To me its akin to someone saying that they don't believe in white paint, so the halls of the schools have to be repainted. It just seems silly to me. We can at least agree to disagree.
The world has moved on. We are a very big country with countless beliefs and many of them seem mutually exclusive. It is "white noise" as far as I'm concerned and nothing but a distraction from what schools are supposed to do. Let the culture war rage all it wants to, but OUTSIDE the schools as much as possible. We can shake hands if we ever meet and you can have a beer and I'll stick to the Diet Dr. Pepper. To each their own poison.
Personally I'd have to applaud the respect the two recent posters have shown one-another in their debating. Does a heart good to see this! (Thank you)
~ There'll be Chocolate, if God wills it. ~
What about the great works of art? I am sure that, especially in Europe, there are a lot of folks who do not believe...it is their choice. Should the works of Leonardo or DaVinci be removed because of their religious nature. I am sure there are many public learning establishments with artforms of a religious nature inside them. Who decides if they are there because of faith or because of art?
Like I said earlier, it is a public school, I do not care about the actual painting....it could have been a Star of David....same thing. This picture was there for a very long time and everybody lived with it. I imagine most of the student body and the parent body couldn't give a good gol darn. I am wondering where it is going to stop? I know a lot of agnostics and atheists who are very smart people. This is something they would not waste their time over.
Maybe you were made to ponder your sins beneath some painted Jesus, but even in my rural, hardcore-conservative, ultra-religious hometown, that sort of thing would never have been permitted. I have strong doubts that such a thing happened outside of isolated incidents, at least not since the 50s.