A portrait featuring Jesus has been hanging in the Breathitt County courthouse in Jackson, Kentucky, for decades, but secular progressives are now demanding that the picture be taken down.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter to Jackson city officials last month, saying, "To put this at the seat of county government is really chilling. This sends this message that you better pretend to be a Christian if you want to get any service or justice around here."

Supporters, however, have defended the portrait, holding a rally last week to push back against efforts to have it taken down.

Mike Bryant, who organized the rally, said on "Fox and Friends Weekend" that the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims the image of Jesus violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which forbids the government from promoting one religion over another.

He said the group's assertion that the portrait sends the message that non-Christians will get lesser service at the courthouse is "ridiculous."

"There are numerous Supreme Court precedents that allow this sort of thing to be displayed on public property," Bryant stated. "This is a passive picture. Nobody has to look at it."

"If Jesus died for us, we can at least take a stand for him. And that's what I think we need to do in Breathitt County."

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