Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. James Ferreira

Second Advisor

Dr. Lewis Carlson

Third Advisor

Keith Platte


Religion in the United States has been and will remain very controversial. Our country was founded on religious freedom; however, the limit of that freedom remains in question. Schools are a governmental institution in which the propagation of religious faith should not occur. Since most Americans know this law, why was a three foot by four foot portrait of The Head of Christ displayed in a public school in Bloomingdale, Michigan? Why was there a controversy surrounding the lawsuit? Why did people object to the picture being displayed? The main reason people react strongly to religious issues is because it is a very personal subject to which no one really knows for sure the answers, but everyone tries to do what is right according to his/her faith.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only