This painting has hung in the office of Kenneth Cooper Middle School for 18 years, and it’s going to stay there. (Putnam County School District)
A middle school in Oklahoma is being threatened with legal action unless it removes a painting that depicts two children praying, which has hung at the school for more than 18 years.
To its credit, the Putnam County School District has flatly refused to remove the artwork. District officials said no one had ever complained about until a letter was received from the secularist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which is based in Wisconsin.
Even though school officials insist that no specific religion or message is promoted through the print that hangs in Kenneth Cooper Middle School, the FFRF claims the painting discriminates against children who choose not to pray, according to a report Wednesday on onenewsnow.com.
“It is our information and understanding that in the Kenneth Cooper Middle School office hangs a religious poster with an image entitled, ‘Faith in America’ by Donald Zolan,” stated FFRF staff attorney Andrew Seidel to begin his plea for the print’s removal. “The image features two children with their hands clasped in prayer, with an American flag background.”
Justifying the removal?
Seidel contended that even if the young boy and girl portrayed in the painting are not actuality praying—but merely clasping their hands together—the existence of the painting at the school would still violate the First Amendment, calling for it to be purged from campus.
In response, a lawyer for the school district pointed out to the FFRF attorney that his atheistic organization, which is generally opposed to religious freedom, stands alone in its contention that the painting poses a problem on campus.
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