I can hardly imagine the pluck and bravery of this young woman. Especially in high school, where such action can and does result in serious social consequences, there are still people out there who put themselves on the line to defend their values.
In this case, she called on the ACLU to challenge the unquestionably sectarian “School Prayer” posted on the walls of her high school.
Seriously, schools should stick to education and not erect religious barriers up between the students. Nothing says “you are just not one of us” like a declaration that your school promotes a religion you don’t believe in. And every student deserves to belong in their own school. And, yes, it is unconstitutional for schools to give endorsement to religion, for good reason.
Ahlquist said she is proud of her decision to fight for what she felt was right.
“Even if kids in school hate you, even if there are nasty comments all over the Internet, it’s important to just stand true to what you believe in,” Ahlquist said.
If you appreciate this young woman as much as I do, you can show your support in a concrete way by contributing to Jessica’s scholarship fund.
EDIT: Actually, as the ChipIn widget does not show properly on my blog, here is a better link for Jessica’s scholarship fund: A fundraiser for Jessica Ahlquist
- Secular victory in Cranston – Judge orders removal of prayer banner (examiner.com)
- Jessica Ahlquist on the Front Page of the Providence Journal (patheos.com)
- Jessica Ahlquist’s Upcoming Trial (patheos.com)
- Jessica Ahlquist, Rhode Island Student, Confident Her Side Is ‘Very Strong’ In School Prayer Mural Suit (huffingtonpost.com)
- Score One For The Constitution (tannerwillbanks.wordpress.com)
- Atheist teen defeats high school prayer banner (examiner.com)
- Brava, Jessica Ahlquist: Rhode Island High School Student Wins Separation Lawsuit (jonathanturley.org)
- Nonbelievers Applaud Court Ruling to Remove Religious Banner from Rhode Island Public School (americanhumanist.org)
- Updates on the Jessica Ahlquist Story (patheos.com)