I would like to nominate a brave young woman for Atheist of the Year. Jessica Ahlquist took on the Cranston West school for their school prayer mural, with an official school sponsored prayer posted for all to see in direct and flagrant violation of the separation of church and state. I am not one to say that prayer in private, between one's self and one's deity of choice is wrong. As long as there are pop quizzes, there will be plenty of silent prayers in school. I am against a public school funded by public dollars holding up any religious institution. Let there be prayer at home, in church, or in private church schools. Let public schools be a bastion of secular learning that neither accepts nor denies religion but instead leaves it for other venues.
Jessica, who has succeeded in her quest to have the prayer removed, has done so in the face of violent threats and much hatred. To see a full rundown of that vitriol and un-Christlike behavior, check out JesusFetusFajitaFishstick's coverage here. To reward her bravery and show her she is not alone the AHA (American Humanist Association) as part of the Humanist Foundation has offered to start a trust fund for her college scholarship. Please consider giving to support this brave young woman and show her she has our love and support. A convenient on line donation link is provided below.
To my Christian friends, give to show her that most of you are not a-holes. It's what Jesus would do. Remember, Jesus said in Matthew 6:6, "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Jessica's stance against public prayer is right in line with your doctrine.
This has been a message from your friendly neighborhood atheist, reminding you, "Don't be a dick. Jesus hates it when you represent him like that."