Historic painting of Jesus hidden after single complaint from critic

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

Mikey Weinstein, chief of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, in his career has attacked as an “atrocity” a program to lay wreaths at the tombs of American soldiers.

He’s led the fight to censor Bible verses from dog tags that a private company offers soldiers.

He’s sued, unsuccessfully, to obtain a judge’s order to restrict Christians at his alma mater, the Air Force Academy.

He’s attacked West Point over a video showing a football coach in prayer, and tried to restrict the speech of an Air Force Academy coach.

Columnist Sonny Hernandez has noted many people regard him as “a non-profit charlatan who conspicuously slanders and attacks Christians … simply because they are Christians.”

That, the commentary suggested, “provides him with innumerable opportunities to create fundraising campaigns so he can literally beg people for money.”

Now, according to a report in the Christian Post, he complained to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, about a painting on the campus of Jesus, and officials at the school have demanded that draperies be installed to cover it up.

Weinstein, in a letter this month to Supt. Joanna Nunan demanded that the painting, in the campus Elliot M. See Room in Wiley Hall for years, be removed.

The academy, which is under the nation’s Department of Transportation, was accused of allowing a display of “sectarian Jesus supremacy.”

“The outrageousness of that Jesus painting’s display is only further exacerbated by the fact that this room is also used regularly for USMMA Honor Code violation boards where midshipmen are literally fighting for their careers, and, often even more, as they face the shameful ignominy of potential expulsion with prejudice if found guilty of USMMA Honor Code violations,” he charged.

He said the painting violated the Constitution’s specifications in the Establishment Clause for the time, place, and manner of such displays.

Weinstein said those he represents felt the painting created a “hostile atmosphere” for non-Christians.

Weinstein confirmed to the Christian Post that Nunan responded to his demands immediately, saying she had identified “concerns” and was taking steps regarding the display.

Nunan then reportedly told her staff to buy a curtain to conceal the painting, the report said.

The Post report said, “Weinstein told CP that while he would have preferred the painting be moved to another location, such as the Mariner’s Chapel, he is ‘satisfied’ with the response and hopes the USMMA can use it as a ‘teachable moment.'”

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