Judge Rules Company Cannot Have “Jesus Tattoo” Billboard In School District

The art from the "Jesus Tattoo" bulletin board was included in the lawsuit filed by Little Pencil LLC, the advertising campaign's sponsor, against Lubbock Independent School District on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to show the image it hoped to display on the Lowrey Field jumbotron screen during football games there. (Provided by Little Pencil LLC)
The art from the “Jesus Tattoo” bulletin board was included in the lawsuit filed by Little Pencil LLC, the advertising campaign’s sponsor, against Lubbock Independent School District on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to show the image it hoped to display on the Lowrey Field jumbotron screen during football games there. (Provided by Little Pencil LLC)

A federal judge ruled in favor of Lubbock Independent School District on Thursday in its case against Little Pencil, a company that sued the district this year for rejecting its Jesus Tattoo advertisement, which the district equated to proselytizing.

In February, U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings ruled the dispute between LISD and Little Pencil — a limited-liability corporation organized by Lubbock businessman and former Texas Tech University System administrator David Miller that was founded to promote Christian beliefs through the media — could be resolved by exchanging motions for summary judgment, according to A-J Media archives.

Kerri Kupec of the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom representing Little Pencil said in an email, “We are disappointed with the court’s decision and are evaluating our options for appeal.”

LISD released this statement: “Throughout this process, we have asserted that our actions were in keeping with district policies, state and federal law, and we are pleased that the court ruled in favor of Lubbock ISD. We will continue to focus on our mission of educating students and hope we can put this behind us and give our complete attention to that important work.”

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SOURCE: A-J Media
Natalie Gross

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