Harrison County is a very Christian place. Not all of it, mind you. There are those who don't believe, or believe less. But all in all, the community heads feel they have the people behind them. That's why they were surprised when they got sued.
When I say Christian, I mean Christian. I mean crosses everywhere, "God Loves You" type stuff littering the streets, and even a leather-bound pocket copy of "New Testament: Psalms Proverbs" in the women's bathroom of the Board of Education building.
Most notably, the public high school of Harrison County, Bridgeport High, has a picture entitled "Head of Christ" publicly displayed on the wall next to the principal's office. This is why they were sued. The two civil liberties groups Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the West Virginia American Civil Liberties Union wanted the painting taken out of the public view. The Board of Education responded with venom, saying it would fight the lawsuit. The Board said it had the community behind it, and proceeded to fundraise tens of thousands of dollars.
Then, on a dark night, as both sides were preparing to wage legal war, the painting was stolen.
...Despite the theft, the legal battle will continue.
"We're all in uncharted water here," said Harrison County School superintendent Carl Friebel, "The most logical question is 'Now that the picture's gone, is it moot?'"
Nevertheless, there is hope. Multiple civil rights groups are stepping in for godless members of the community. Even so, the crusading Christians have raised about $150,000 for the lawsuit - several thousand of which were raised by students. The fact is, this community is not unanimous, and although in the minority, there are enough rational people in that town to make a difference.
Where there is division, there is weakness.
Where there is weakness, there is hope.