Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"Head of Christ"-Picture Stolen from High School

Maybe thieves wanted no one to fight over the portrait of Christ? Hmmm?
From Fredricksburg-The Free Lance-Star:
These thieves apparently didn't listen to "Thou shalt not steal."
A portrait of Jesus Christ was taken from Bridgeport (W. Va.) High School on Thursday, two days after the Harrison County School Board agreed to fight court efforts to remove it.
An intruder snatched the painting just before 4 a.m., but left behind the gilded frame and backing, Schools Superintendent Carl Friebel said.
"The picture was the only thing stolen, so the deliberate intent was to steal the picture and only the picture," Friebel said.
The painting, which depicts Jesus in sepia tones on a large canvas, had been at the school for 37 years.
The Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the West Virginia American Civil Liberties Union sued the school board, saying the painting, "Head of Christ," sends the message that the school endorses Christianity as its official religion.

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