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Madison anti-religion group turned back from effort to remove Jesus portrait

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Madison’s Freedom from Religion Foundation was turned away Tuesday night in its effort to remove a large portrait of Jesus from a middle school in Ohio.

The painting has hung above the entrance to the Jackson Middle School in Jackson Ohio since 1947. And Superintendent Phil Howard told about 300 people at a School Board meeting that the portrait will stay, because it has historical significance.

An attorney for the Freedom from Religion group called it an unconstitutional endorsement of Christianity by the government. The group demanded that the painting be taken down, saying it violates the separation of church and state.

Jackson is located about 70 miles south of Columbus in southern Ohio. 

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