(DAILYCALLER) — A church-state separation kerfuffle has erupted over a portrait of Jesus Christ that has hung inside a southern Ohio middle school since 1947 when a student group, the Hi-Y Club, presented it as a gift.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit based in Madison, Wisc., is pressuring Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio to remove the image.

In a Jan. 2 letter, the watchdog organization warned local school district officials that the display of the portrait in a public school setting is unconstitutional, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

“If a large portrait of Jesus were to hang in Jackson Middle School, an objective observer would have no doubt that it had the district’s stamp of approval,” wrote Rebecca Markert, a staff attorney for the liberal organization, according to WKKJ-FM.

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