An Ohio couple who got angry when their neighboring high school was forced last year to remove a religious painting that had hung for more four decades decided to take matters into their own hands.
The couple acquired the painting, which depicts Jesus as the “Good Shepherd” in a field with lambs and the first words of the 23rd Psalm (“The Lord is my Shepherd”) and placed it in a highly visible position in a yard that can be seen from the school.
“I want the ones that do know Jesus to appreciate it and the ones who don’t to inquire or at least ask an adult about what the Good Shepherd means,” said Cathy Hodgson, who salvaged the painting with her husband, Terry.
The Hodgsons appeared Monday for an interview on “Fox and Friends.”
The painting had hung in John Glenn High School in New Concord since 1971 as a tribute to a longtime teacher, according to Fox News.
It was taken down last year after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened a lawsuit claiming the image’s placement in a public school violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause regarding religion, according to USA Today.
After almost a year of planning and organizing – and about $6,000 in installation costs donated mainly from community groups and churches – the painting returned the public life in the small Buckeye State town.
Passing motorists have honked in support of the familiar image, the Hodgsons told Fox News.
“We’ve got a good Christian community in New Concord and we thought it was a good message for anybody driving up and down 83 and all the children going to school,” Terry Hodgson said.
Check out the Hodgsons’ “Fox and Friends” interview here.
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