School District Sued For Refusing Tattooed Jesus Advert

Screengrab taken from JesusTattoo.org.
A small business owner is suing the Lubbock Independent School District claiming they violated his constitutional rights by refusing to allow him to display a promotional image featuring a tattooed Jesus during high school football games.  David Miller’s Little Pencil LLC promotes the Christian faith and God through an alternative vision of Christ, a modernized version in which the Holy One is all tatted up. One depiction of His Holiness bearing ink features words such as “outcast,” “addicted,” “jealous,” hated,” and “faithless.” Miller, a Vice Chancellor of Research and Commercialization with the Texas Tech University System from 2007-2011, says his company devised “a new way to share the Bible’s teachings through contemporary marketing methods.”
One video from the Jesus Tattoo campaign depicts Jesus as a tattoo artist who helps others cope with various negative stigmas. / Screengrab from JesusTattoo.org.Mr. Miller is an adherent of the Christian faith and is called by God to share his religious views with as many people as possible,” the lawsuit obtained by Courthouse News reportedly states. The best way to do this, Miller reasoned, would be to advertise using the electronic digital billboard at PlainsCapital Park-Lowrey Field. District officials initially refused the idea citing a policy that bans tattoos. According to the suit, however, there was no policy banning tattoos, and an offer of reworked image featuring a tattoo-less Jesus was also denied. The district also purportedly refused Miller’s last attempt to access the billboard on the grounds that it “is prohibited from allowing religious advertisement with the use of government property based on the Establishment Clause.” However, other religious organizations, including some non-school, non-religious organizations, have been observed at the disputed site. “This unequal treatment of plaintiffs’ religious expression,” Miller’s suit contends, “is a content-based restriction in an otherwise open forum.” More
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  1. timloyal says:

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