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Atheist teen stands behind her position after school prayer banner taken down Comments

A prayer banner at Cranston High School West in Rhode Island, part of the school since 1963, has been covered after a teenage student there complained that it violated the separation of church and state. Student Jessica Ahlquist is standing her ground, since 2010, she's been receiving online threats and has been targeted by bullies for her convictions. Continue Reading

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  1. John D
    3 years ago

    This student and her parents need to have their heads examined. This is what they spend their time on? Maybe they should be concentrating on studying hard for tests and getting into a good college or training program of some sort. The banner has been there since 1963 and what harm has it done other then to annoy this child and her ignorant parents? This is just another case of incompetent parenting. God help those people.

  2. john
    3 years ago

    Once again the separation of church and state is misused and misinterpreted,Separation of church and state was meant to keep the govt from endorsing one Christian denomination over another.It is not meant to keep religion out of govt. If this student who is an atheist is offended she should be told simply to ignore it.Afterall,whenever there is an offensive attack against Christianity on television or in the arts are'nt we told to look the other way or to accept it as "freedom of expression"?Secondly..if she believes in nothing..then why is she offended by something that should have no meaning or purpose to her?I guess we could hang a blank piece of paper on the wall for her next to the banner and then she'll be represented as well.This poor girl claims to once be Catholic...I have news for her..she was baptized and her soul permanently marked...her renouncement of God will only land her in hell..I pray that she will one day find God before it's too late.

  3. Ricardo Schilipake
    3 years ago

    Of course Mrs. Alhquist has the right to not believe in GOD, but poor Mrs Alhquist. She needs understand that and whoever like her has the same "feelings", also...We, the believers, have the right to leave the banner. Suggestion Mrs.Alhquist, move your head to the other side, you will not see the banner, and I truly pray that our father shown you who you are. Time to wake up Jessica.

  4. Venugopal Kaikulath
    3 years ago

    Atheist intolerance?

    I was wondering whether the student, who, according to the report is an atheist, is displaying the same intolerance in the name of atheism as those who are reportedly threatening her for her convictions. If her opposition is on the grounds of separation of church and state, would it hold ground considering the prayer was written by a student and is not a direct quotation from any scripture?

  5. Stan Norman
    3 years ago

    It is sad to see people of faith so quick to attack this girl who simply pointed out that the law was being broken. Imagine if the 'non-religious' mural (or so the defenders have claimed) had said "Allah the merciful" at the start or "Satan, the dark lord" - would they still be claiming that this mural should remain?

    The removal of this banner protects people of ALL faiths from being exposed to views and expressions they may find harmful in the public arena. Rather than taking away the rights of private individuals to their own religious views this decision empowers them, stopping enforced religious views on us all.

    As Christians we should be thanking this girl for preserving our rights.

  6. Bryan
    3 years ago

    I don't like that they have to remove the prayer. However, I agree they should. What if our children were forced to pledge their allegiance to our Holy and All-Seeing God-President every day at school? I am pretty sure we would all see the issue with that. While I think we must protect the rights of our children to engage in religious activity at school (like Pro-Life clubs or prayer groups) and to speak their opinions (like being able to say they oppose gay marriage or write editorials for the school paper to that effect), I do agree that the public school itself should refrain from any religious activity or position. Otherwise, the schools could end up forcing religious activity that does not happen to be Judeo-Christian.

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