The clock is ticking for a Slidell, Louisiana courthouse that is being threatened by the American Civil Liberties Union with a lawsuit if it doesn’t remove its lobby portrait of Jesus this week. It looks like the Ten Commandments battle all over again:
“We were ambushed. We didn’t know a complaint had been made. The first notice we got was a letter from the ACLU — that was as I was walking out of the office, it was handed to me. And before I had even got into my vehicle, I had a call from a journalist wanting a response,” Judge Jim Lamz said.
The organization said the portrait’s presence in the court building serves to advance religion.
“Our money has God’s name on it. The Pledge of Allegiance has God’s name on it. Congress opens up with a prayer. And they run around like chickens with their heads cut off, that this is fostering religion. I don’t think it fosters anything. I don’t think that’s what the Founding Fathers had in mind,” Mayor Ben Morris said.
I personally don’t have a problem with the portrait as I believe it has as much influence on “advancing religion” as the money in my pocket that proclaims “In God We Trust” does. But you know, somebody will be bored enough to see this one through.