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Judge Rules Against Jesus Tattoo in Suit Against Lubbock ISD


A judge has ruled in favor of Lubbock ISD in a notable lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings ruled in favor of the school district in the case of Little Pencil v. Lubbock ISD, which has been called the “Jesus Tattoo” lawsuit.

Little Pencil, which is a non-profit organization started by David L. Miller, who is a former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor and current local businessman, sued the school district after they declined to allow him to advertise the controversial picture at Lowrey Field.

The advertisements depict Jesus covered in tattoos and promote Christianity.

Little Pencil claimed that the district was discriminating against the organization, since churches were allowed to advertise during football games at Lowrey Field.

Cummings granted Lubbock ISD’s Motion for Summary Judgment and denied Little Pencil’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

Lubbock ISD released a statement on the case, saying “Throughout this process, we have asserted that our actions were 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.”

More information on Little Pencil is available at


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