House Republicans demand uncovering of Jesus painting at Merchant Marine Academy
February 19, 2023 | Indiana
An Indiana congressman called on U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to “act immediately to correct” a decision by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy to cover a painting of Jesus. Four of his colleagues issued a plea to the academy superintendent last week.
In a letter Monday, Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., called on Buttigieg to reverse a decision to cover the “Christ on the Water” painting in the Elliot M. See Room inside Wiley Hall, an administrative building at the USMMA in King’s Point, New York.
The 10-foot by 19-foot painting depicts an image of Jesus and merchant seamen adrift in a lifeboat “presumably after being torpedoed in the Indian Ocean during World War II,” according to a USMMA spokesperson.
Also known as “Jesus and Lifeboat,” the piece was painted in 1944 by U.S. Maritime Service Lt. Hunter Wood to hang in the chapel built at the USMMA Basic School in San Mateo, California…. (Excerpt from The Christian Post)