January 13, 2012

Ahlquist Stands Up for Separation of Church and State and Wins

When I was in high school, I am fairly certain that I would not have been brave enough to stand up to the entire school and out myself as an atheist. Jessica Ahlquist did this and more. After the school ignored her complaints about a school prayer banner (photo here) hanging in Cranston West High School in Rhode Island, Ahlquist sued. In spite of the harassment and death threats, she persevered and won. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux, a Reagan appointee, has ordered that the banner come down.

According to Cranston.Patch.com, Ahlquist said:
Even if lots of kids in school hate you, even if there's nasty comments on the Internet, it's important to stand up for something you believe in.
And there is no doubt that there's a great deal of hate coming Jessica's way. She's a true inspiration.

You can find Judge Lagueux's 40-page ruling here as a .pdf.