Friday, January 13, 2012

Jessica Ahlquist, Atheist of the Year

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."


CharlieMorgan said...

If she wasn’t going to hell before, she sure is now. Jessica Ahlquist was victorious in her fight against the Cranston West High School mural that was addressed to “Our Heavenly Father,” and concluded with the word “Amen.” Jessica — an atheist — made a stink about the mural earlier in the school year citing the separation of church and state. Her father, Mark, filed a lawsuit for his Jesus-spiting daughter. Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux ruled that the

Anonymous said...

1;Matt6:6,When you pray go away go away by yourself,shut the door behind you and pray to YOUR FATHER in private,then YOUR FATHER WHO SEES EVERYTHING,Will reward you. Its NOT whos never seen, for "WHEN YOUR CONNECTED",you DONT HAVE TO SEE TO KNOW HE'S THERE".As for you Jessica, I pray you DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDONT HAVE TO GO DOWN THAT PITCHED DIRT ROAD(atleast NOT by yourself;W/out one thats REAL)!You NEED to open your eyes and recognize,before theres NO TURNING BACK!!! SISTER IN JESUS CHRIST (OUR SAVIOR<GOD OUR FATHER AND THE HOLY SPIRIT,OUR CONNECTION TOO ALL THREE,(in ONE1 ONE1ONE1). GOD BLESS and MAY JESUS BE WITH YOU AND THE HEAVENS ANGELS SURROUND,CARRY,and STAND BEFORE and UP FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MPC SAN BERDOO

Michael Clarkson said...

Charlie, your reply led to your blog which prompted me to write a post just for you.:

MPC from San Berdoo:
I apologize but I was unable to find a cohesive thought in your reply, but I get your tone of praying for our souls. Thank you for your prayers.