Anti-Christian liberals have won this round at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy — which dismissed the desire of thousands of religious faithful.
The academy recently bowed to left-wing pressure and agreed to remove a painting of Jesus Christ from one of its most prominent conference rooms.
As The Free Press reported last week, the painting, “Christ on the Water,” has hung at the academy for 75 years.
The artwork depicts Jesus with His arms outstretched in front of a lifeboat filled with merchant sailors lost at sea during the war.
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The Washington Times reported on Monday, however, that the historic painting will be relocated to the academy’s chapel.
In a statement, the academy said it will not only remove and relocate the painting, but it will also discontinue the use of the room it hung in for official business, the Times reported.
The controversy about the painting erupted in January.
The left-wing Military Religious Freedom Foundation petitioned the academy for taking down the painting.
The group claimed it represented 17 students and faculty at the school who had protested the painting being displayed in a room where students of various faiths face disciplinary hearings.
Vice Adm. Joanna Nunan, the academy’s superintendent, responded by covering the painting with a shroud.
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As The Free Press reported last week, more than 4,400 alumni and supporters petitioned Nunan to remove the covering.
Five GOP congressmen joined that group, the Times noted, in urging the Biden administration to uncover the painting.
They included Republican Reps. Mike Garcia of California, Mark Green of Tennessee, August Pfluger of Texas, Warren Davidson of Ohio, and Jim Banks of Indiana.
Yet instead of heeding more than 4,400 backers of the painting, the academy caved to complainers, whose number had grown from 17 to 26 as of Monday, according to the Times.
Ailan Chubb, reportedly a 1983 academy graduate who supported taking down and removing the painting completely, said in a statement that the school was “now demonstrating a deep commitment to its midshipmen, faculty, and staff.”
“I believe the midshipmen will learn a great deal from this and be better leaders as a result,” Chubb added.
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