A New Young Atheist Leader

Words cannot express the sadness and anger I feel right now.  I have been catching up on the story of Jessica Ahlquist, the high school student from Rhode Island that recently won a court case to have a prayer banner removed from her school’s gymnasium.  This student was merely exercising her constitutional rights as a United States citizen and the repercussions she is facing are completely absurd, unwarranted, and unjustified.  As you probably remember, high school is a rough place for some, especially those that are “different” in some way, shape, or form.  Because Jessica chose to fight something that is clearly unconstitutional, she now sticks out like a sore thumb.  She is an atheist.  Let’s throw rocks at her.  If you replaced atheist with any other group that has been prosecuted simply for being who they are, there would be an uproar.  Try black, Jewish, or gay in place of atheist.  She’s being bullied because of who she is and it’s not fair and should not be tolerated.  If these “Christian” students actually practiced Jesus’ doctrine of love your enemies, they would not be treating Jessica the way they are.  There are a number of tweets and facebook posts about this girl, but I’ll share those that I found to be the most shocking:

  • “When I take over the world I’m going to do a holocaust to all the atheists”
  • “she’s not human, she’s garbage”
  • “I can’t wait to hear about you getting curb stomped”
  • “nail her to a cross”
  • “brb i’m going to drown that atheist in holy water”
  • “gods going to fuck your ass with that banner you scumbag”
  • “I hope there’s lots of banners in hell when your rotting in there you atheist fuck #TeamJesus”

Keep in mind, this girl did nothing but have a prayer banner removed from her publicly-funded school’s gymnasium.  She did not request that people are not able to pray.  The court deemed the prayer banner unconstitutional.  Perhaps these students should be taking their aggression out on the courts for upholding the Constitution of the United States.  My guess is that none of them even noticed the banner until someone wanted to take it down.  The bottom line is that if you’re Christian in public school, nobody is trying to stop you from praying.  Jessica did not and can not stop any of these students from praying.  I’m just afraid that students that advocate for the drowning, torture, and death of all atheists do not truly understand the Jesus they apparently praise (Go #TeamJesus).  Of course, Bill Maher says this better:

In closing, I would like to say that Jessica Ahlquist is a strong, new, young leader in the atheist movement and my guess is she won’t be going away anytime soon.  As somebody who is not even fully out in my personal life, I must say I am proud of her willingness to stand up for what she believes despite the feedback she is receiving.  She’s going to do big things.  Now I can only hope the school district takes these threats seriously…

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4 thoughts on “A New Young Atheist Leader

  1. Bridget Colvert says:

    I haven’t heard of this story before, but it’s great that a teenage girl stands so strongly for what she believes in. Its sad that the ones putting her down call themselves Christian. Christians above all are suppose to lovel. I also agree that the banner shouldn’t be in the school.

  2. jennamd4 says:

    So many awful things have been done in the name of religion, so even if these are empty threats, they need to be taken seriously. What is most astonishing to me is the amount of intolerance I see from Christians. People like this give the “good” ones a bad name.

  3. […] these violations of everyone else’s religious freedom, the Christian persecution complex has kicked into high gear. They should be free, those who object to secular governance say, to have their religion displayed […]

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