Bill aims to let praying, Jesus back in Ohio schools

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A portrait of Jesus and prayer could return to public schools if two state representatives persuade fellow lawmakers to pass the Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Rep. Tim Derickson, a Republican from Oxford and one of the co-sponsors, called the bill introduced yesterday “a preventive attempt” to block further encroachment on expression of religious freedom. He cited examples such as prohibition of prayer in schools and public places, zoning issues for churches, and public expression of religious faith, such as wearing crosses and displaying Nativity scenes.

Asked if the law, had it been in effect, would have affected recent cases where Ohio schools were forced to remove pictures of Jesus, Rep. Bill Patmon, D-Cleveland, said, “You would have a better opportunity of keeping Jesus up.”

“A court being asked to remove Jesus in a manger would have to prove it is in government’s interest,” Patmon said.

Patrick Elliott, a staff attorney for Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., called the proposal bad policy and “dangerous.”

Written By: Alan Johnson
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26 COMMENTS

    • Don’t be daft, as far as they are concerned religious freedom only applies to Christians

      . In reply to #1 by Agrajag:

      Well, then, it’s only a matter of time before the satanists get their pictures hung as well! 😉

      Steve

    • In reply to #1 by Agrajag:

      Well, then, it’s only a matter of time before the satanists get their pictures hung as well! 😉

      Steve

      Well then I think a picture of Satan is in order. Maybe I’ll donate one to them.

      • In reply to #5 by alf1200:

        In reply to #1 by Agrajag:

        Well, then, it’s only a matter of time before the satanists get their pictures hung as well! 😉

        Steve

        Well then I think a picture of Satan is in order. Maybe I’ll donate one to them.

        Would that be a selfie? {:o)

        • In reply to #21 by Artsnwords:

          In reply to #5 by alf1200:

          In reply to #1 by Agrajag:

          Well, then, it’s only a matter of time before the satanists get their pictures hung as well! 😉

          >

          Steve

          Well then I think a picture of Satan is in order. Maybe I’ll donate one to them.

          Would that be a selfie? {:o)

          Obviously! LOL!!

    • In reply to #8 by Richard01:

      Great opportunity for publicity to show how ridiculous they are being! The more of these stupid attempts there are, the sooner religion will disappear. Bring it on!!

      I have to agree Richard, they just don’t get that it then applies to all religious views, not just their particular brand of christianity. Of course in their heads they think it does so the more pictures of satan or the FSM that go up the more it hammers the point home to them that they are not as dominant as they think they are.

    • In reply to #13 by crookedshoes:

      How do I post a picture here???

      disclaimer not sure if mods allow it. Edit: roger,roger

      Mods’ reply

      **No, we don’t :-) **

      Seriously: Pictures just make the site look and feel like Facebook, and that’s something we’d rather avoid. The exception is if it’s an explanatory diagram on a science-related thread.

      Thanks.

      The mods

      • Thanks Bluebird, but what if it is a picture on my desktop? Like one I took?

        In reply to #14 by bluebird:

        In reply to #13 by crookedshoes:

        How do I post a picture here???

        ! [type text] (paste link) – but remove all spaces.

        • Hi Crookedshoes

          We generally prefer users not to post pictures within comments, although diagrams on science-related threads can sometimes be helpful.

          Thanks.

          The mods

          In reply to #16 by crookedshoes:

          Thanks Bluebird, but what if it is a picture on my desktop? Like one I took?

          In reply to #14 by bluebird:

          In reply to #13 by crookedshoes:

          How do I post a picture here???

          ! [type text] (paste link) – but remove all spaces.

          • Darn. I have a funny one!!! I’ll describe. A student sent me a picture of a painting of a crucified christ. The painting is skewed left in to photo because to the right there are three smacked asses who are spelling out “….M….C…..A…..”

            The caption is “Blasphemy: a ticket to hell has never been funnier”.

            It strikes me as funny and I was going to post it to demonstrate that letting Jesus back into the schools does not guarantee that Jesus will be taken seriously in said school….

            After a very very short google search, the first hit was the damn picture.

            http://metasurfing.blogspot.com/2008/01/blasphemy-ticket-to-hell-has-never-been.html

            It’s fun to stay at the…..

            In reply to #17 by Moderator:

            Hi Crookedshoes

            We generally prefer users not to post pictures within comments, although diagrams on science-related threads can sometimes be helpful.

            Thanks.

            The mods

            In reply to #16 by crookedshoes:

            Thanks Bluebird, but what if it is a picture on my desktop? Like one I took?

            In reply to #14…

          • Thanks for the link, Crooked – I can’t wait to have a look. Reminds me of the Macho Man Randy Savage cartoon that surfaced just after his death showing him entering heaven during the rapture, with Jesus busy doing whatever it is one does during a rapture and Macho Man, clearly just dropping into heaven (through clouds, etc), flying in with a typical wrestling pose as if he’s going to body slam Jesus. Google: ‘Macho Man rapture cartoon’ to have a look.

            In reply to #18 by crookedshoes:

            Darn. I have a funny one!!! I’ll describe. A student sent me a picture of a painting of a crucified christ. The painting is skewed left in to photo because to the right there are three smacked asses who are spelling out “….M….C…..A…..”

            The caption is “Blasphemy: a ticket to hell has nev…

      • What’s “Facebook”? Just kiddin’

        In reply to #14 by bluebird:

        In reply to #13 by crookedshoes:

        How do I post a picture here???

        disclaimer not sure if mods allow it. Edit: roger,roger

        Mods’ reply

        No, we don’t :-)

        Seriously: Pictures just make the site look and feel like Facebook, and that’s something we’d rather avoid. The exception is if it’s an explana…

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