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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 02:55 PM
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"Why Can't Other People Respect My Religion?" (WV case)
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Unfortunately, there's no easy way for me to link to this site, which requires a paid subscription (not worth the money). But you can try Bugmenot and other resources to get to the entire article, which is a pretty pitiful display of "us poor abused Christians" nonsense. If anyone wants to read the whole thing, I can e-mail it to them.

For Mike Queen, the Harrison County School Board member leading the fight to defend the longtime exhibition of a portrait of Jesus at Bridgeport High School, the controversy is about religious liberty.


"These were adults in the school system who were role models for me and other students, Queen said. Theyre among my fondest memories of my early school days. School employees dont have to give up their religious identity when they go to work, he said. They dont become Godless individuals when they step foot on school property. The pending lawsuit in federal district court two parents filed the suit in late June, charging the school board, the school superintendent and Bridgeport High principal Lindy Bennett with endorsing Christianity over other religions may help state and local school officials draft a policy on how school employees can express their religious affiliation on the job, Queen said.

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But the parents who filed the suit believe their religious freedom is being infringed on by school officials.

Harold Sklar is Jewish. He is a lawyer with the U.S. Justice Department and has lived in Bridgeport for 13 years, according to the legal complaint filed in federal district court in Clarksburg.


By hanging the Jesus portrait, school officials are elevating Christianity over other religions and non-religion, the suit states.

Jacqueline McKenzie is the other parent who is a plaintiff in the suit. A Roman Catholic, McKenzie has been a teacher since 1969. She has worked as a substitute teacher at Bridgeport High.


She objects to the school districts imposition of its preferred religious expression on her, and most especially by the fact she must subject herself to the school districts official religious expression in order to fulfill her obligations as a substitute teacher and as a volunteer at the school. McKenzie made complaints between 1991 and 1995 to school officials about the portrait. Sklar first complained about the portrait in 1996, the complaint states.

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