When people in Chanute talk to me about Jesus, they are usually trying to convince me to spend my sleepy Sunday mornings and 10 percent of my income at some local church. However, this week I engaged in many discussions about Jesus during which no church invitations were offered. During these, I learned that plenty of local people are upset that a painting of Jesus was recently removed from Royster Middle School.
Evidently, a parent of a student saw this painting on a wall in one of the school’s hallways, took a picture of it, and emailed the photo to the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Wisconsin. This group of rabble-rousing outsiders contacted the school district. The newly-hired superintendent, seeing visions of potential lawsuits dancing through his head, took down the painting.