Jessica Ahlquist is the young woman in Rhode Island that was successful in getting a 49 year old prayer banner removed from her school.
Here is her update, via NyTimes.com.
The weeks since, residents have crowded school board meetings to demand an appeal, Jessica has received online threats and the police have escorted her at school, and Cranston, a dense city of 80,000 just south of Providence, has throbbed with raw emotion.
She shouldn’t be receiving threats. Regardless of one’s political beliefs, they are still to be respected as human beings.
She had the banner removed using legal means so I’d put more of the blame on the inconsistencies within our judicial system.
I wholeheartedly believe in the separation of church and state. But for me it means the state shall not force you to believe or engage in religious acts. But that does not guarantee that you will not be exposed to it. She was not forced to pray to the banner. She was not forced to read it aloud to others. She could just have ignored it.
What’s next? That teachers should not wear crosses because they work for the state and might offend some students?
Here is a picture I found on one of her facebook pages that I think really symbolizes their mentality.
- Murphy supports her because she stood up for her beliefs.
- Dillon insinuates that this is a just cause to rally around.
- Cohen says God is useless.. .