Even Today, Jessica Ahlquist is Facing Condemnation for Her Successful Lawsuit

The other day, I posted about how Cranston High School West, Jessica Ahlquist‘s old high school, was set to put up a new mural in their auditorium, to replace the religious one that Jessica’s lawsuit helped bring down. (As I mentioned, Jessica wasn’t invited to the new mural’s unveiling ceremony.)

The old mural (left) and the new mural

Back when Jessica won her lawsuit in January of 2012, there was no shortage of insulting comments and genuine threats pushed in Jessica direction.

It’s been a year and a half since all that happened. Surely religious people would be a little more level-headed toward Jessica now, right?

Not a chance.

Since the story about the mural unveiling came out, Jessica’s been hit with another onslaught of #ChristianLove. Here’s a glimpse at what she’s had to deal with on Twitter just in the past day or so:













That’s obviously not representative of all Christians, many of whom expressed shame that Jessica was being sent those messages in the name of their faith and offered their sympathy and support.

But what was the thing that Janice Bertino, the co-chairwoman of the mural-donating Class of 1963, said to the Providence Journal?

“The community is healed,” said Janice Bertino. “There is no more controversy.”

Maybe not in Bertino’s mind, but Jessica’s still dealing with the fallout from her bravery.

I asked her how she’s doing and if she’s handling all of this okay, and she wrote this:

While the Twitter war against me is hurtful and petty, I am very appreciative for all of the people who have come online to support me. It’s an amazing feeling when you know so many people have your back.

Damn right we do.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Bitter Lizard

    PUBIC SCHOOLS PUTTING UP SINES THAT ARE FOR ALL CHILDRIN INSTED OF JUST CHILDRIN WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS IS PERSECUTING ME. DAMMED ATHIESTS. STALIN!

    • Raising_Rlyeh

      but what about cosines?

      • Bitter Lizard

        IM A CHRISTIAN IN THE BIBEL BELT. WE MARRY OUR COSINES.

        • Chris Hollis

          You apparently missed a few English classes in your Christian up-bringing. You may want to finish school before continuing to spout off and embarrass yourself.

          • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

            ENGLISH? WE AIN’T IN ENGLAND. WE’RE IN ‘MERICA, WE SPEAK AMERICAN. LEARN IT OR LEAVE.

            • Bitter Lizard

              IF IT WAS GUD ENOUGH FOR JESUS ITS GUD ENOUF FOR ME.

          • McFidget

            Don’t be mean, he couldn’t choose his upbringing. He’s just a poe boy from a poe family.

            • Bitter Lizard

              SCARAMOUCHE SCARAMOUCHE WILL YOU DO THE FANDANGO

              • Lorinda Pike

                Stop it! I can’t breathe!!! :-D :-D :-D

              • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

                *falling out of chair, dying*

              • Brian

                THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTNING! VERY VERY FRIGHTENING ME!

          • islandbrewer
            • Matt Westwood

              I secants everywhere.

              • JohnnieCanuck

                So do I. Does that make us cosecants?

          • Lognbowgun

            I believe this might just be satire… Maybe… just a little…

          • The Other Weirdo

            Sarchasm. U haz it bad.

        • Timmah

          I had coffee in my mouth when I read that you jerk. HAD.

        • Niemand

          Brilliant, but I feel obliged to point out that RI is not part of the Bible Belt. It’s not just a regional problem. But now I’m off on a tangent or possibly a cotangent.

        • squinney

          Quit YELLING already.

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          Use your indoor scream, dear.

      • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

        that’s a bit tangential to the subject.

    • http://agmmusings.blogspot.com/ Alessia Lane

      you win the interwebs

    • MimWix

      Hilarious! You are a very clever person to misspell all those words on purpose and make so many people think you are a rube/hick. Very calculating! Especially the “sines” part! I especially like the “marrying our cosines” reply.

      • islandbrewer

        It’s really the Stalin! at the end that sells it.

      • Bitter Lizard

        At least one person thought I was a real Christian, so evidently I’m being too subtle to be distinguished from the genuine article. I’ll try harder next time.

        • Art_Vandelay

          Brilliant, but I think it just needed a “WHY R THEIR STIL MUNKEES?”

          • Bitter Lizard

            The answer is obviously, BECAUSE THE PENUS GOES IN THE ANIS.

            • Tainda

              Damnit! At least I spewed water this time

              • Bitter Lizard

                I think I’m going to start calling that one “Tainda’s Poe”, in honor of all your fallen beverages.

                • Tainda

                  It gets me every time lol

              • allein

                I almost lost my toothpaste…

            • busterggi

              I’ve never cared for anis, not even in biscotti.

          • busterggi

            No there aren’t, you’re thinking of the Stones.

        • Poe’s Law

          Poe’s law, dude. Unless you post with a “:P” face or a “/s” tag or something, SOMEONE is gonna assume you’re a real dumbass.

  • Ben Capra

    Hey Hemant, I just want to say that I love your Atheist Voice channel and I find myself agreeing with every stance you take regarding atheism in your videos. If there was ever someone else who could be the face of atheism and perhaps give the world a better ‘image’ of atheism than Dawkins, Silverman, etc. I think you would be the guy. You have this nice tone of voice and ability to articulate calmly and effectively that the others seem to lack (aside from Hitchens. . . except he didn’t have a nice tone lol). Basically I just want to say that you’re awesome and I hope you run for office one day (if I don’t beat you to it lol).

  • DougI

    Ah yeah, just gotta spread some of that Christian love. They’re probably upset they aren’t allowed to burn women like Jessica at the stake anymore.

    • Bitter Lizard

      SHE HAS FREEDOM OF BEING BERNED AT THE STEAK NOT FREEDOM FROM BEING BERNED AT THE STEAK. DONT FORCE YOUR NOT BERNING WICHES BELEEFS ON ME.

      • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

        I ONCE BERNED AT THE STEAK, NOW IMA SAD CAUSE THAT STEAK AINT FREE. AIN’T EVEN GOOD TO MAKE A SAMMIWICH OUT OF……

        • Tainda

          Freedom isn’t free

      • islandbrewer

        Not enough exclamation points.

        • Bitter Lizard

          EXCULMAYSHUN POINTS IS FOR STALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Tainda

        Now I want a KC strip :(

      • baal

        Why am I hungry now?

    • busterggi

      Its better than having your head chopped off – a hot stake is always better than a cold chop.

  • GodlessPoutine

    Anyone who has a Twitter account could send Jessica a word or two of support. I just did.

    • Bitter Lizard

      Or better yet, verbally eviscerate the morons who have been harassing her and forward her their tears.

      • DavidMHart

        I think the word ‘fisk’ is now available as a verb meaning to demolish someone’s argument in an overwhelming and thorough manner. Not sure if one can really do that on Twitter, but it’s a great word that I hope to see catching on.

        • Lognbowgun

          @GodlessPoutine:disqus Done
          &
          @DavidMHart:disqus Done

          #fisk :)

  • LesterBallard

    Don’t ever ask me to be friendly.

  • Art_Vandelay

    These poor, poor people. I cant imagine the pain they must have to endure having to be a Christian in this country. Maybe we should throw them a bone and let one of them hold a political office or something? I don’t know…just a thought.

    • Timmah

      One day we may even see a white hetro christian male elected PRESIDENT!

      • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

        Can he be old and rich too? Can he come from a family that has generations of people with political and economic privilege? Pretty please.

        • Tainda

          It will never happen!!4!@#$!! The old white rich dudes are so persecuted that it’s hard for them to get a foot in any door! Keep living your dream!

          • Bitter Lizard

            White people have the Aryan Nation and KKK to scream that their privileged group isn’t privileged enough, men have MRAs, and Christians have Christians. They all have Republicans.

          • Mark W.

            Why just the other day one of “them” came up to the door in his tailor-made 3 piece suit asking if he could drill for oil on my property, he wouldn’t charge me or anything. The poor dear, I think he was only a multi-millionaire, I don’t think he had received more than a few million in bailouts from the government (I think the other millionaires and billionaires were making fun of him). Well then he said he would leave anything he spilled, on my property in place…for nature or something. He muttered something about ‘compensation’ under his breath while crossing his finger after that. Such language, I was near to vapors by the time I was able to shoo him off the property with a broom.

            • Tainda

              How horrid! Were all your neighbors looking at you through their blinds?!

            • C.L. Honeycutt

              You did at least remember to release the hounds, didn’t you?

      • Alan(UK)

        Your current president is male, christian, hetrosexual, and half white. If that is not good enought for you, just work on the other half.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    Dear Danelle Malchus,

    Freedom of something, always implies freedom not to partake in said thing. Take for instance, the freedom of the speech. You have every right to speak you ignorant and hateful mind. You have every right to bang the drums and cry out for this nation to march towards the petty theocracy were every imaginable right is restricted –you know, like the Taliban, but with more fake smiles and white people. You have that right. But here is something you may not be aware. The freedom of speech, like the freedom of religion, means that you aren’t forced to exercise it. That’s right. Instead of spewing out every inane spiteful thought onto twitter, you can pause and think things over. You don’t have to speak. The government can’t compel you to speak. That is what was happening here. The school was compelling Jessica to worship a God she did not believe in. It’s kind of like the draft. You would never say that a forced military draft was the exercise of the freedom to serve in the armed forces. I hope this helps. So maybe, if you bitched less and thought more, the world would be, however slight, a better place.

    PS. #HASHTAGSAREUSUALLYUSEDBYPEOPLEWHOLACKTHESELFAWARENESSTOREALIZETHATTHEHASHTAGIRONICALLYREFERSTOTHEIROWNFAULTS.

    • Paul Reed

      #INTERESTINGTHATTHEHASHTAGDOESNTWRAPSOITENDSUPOVERLAPPINGTHEREADABLEAREAOFTHEPAGELEAVINGONLYTHEFIRSTFIFTYLETTERSORSOTHEREFORETHERESTOFTHEHASHTAGENDSUPBEINGAKINDOFSECRETMESSAGETHATCANONLYBEREADBYPEOPLEWHOTAKETHETIMETOCOPYITANDPASTEITINTONOTEPADORASIMILARPROGRAMFORREADINGTEXTTHEREBYALLOWINGTHEMTOSEETHEENTIRESECRETMESSAGEASBORINGANDPOINTLESSASITMAYBETOTAKEALLTHATTIMETOREVEALAMESSAGELIKETHISONEATLEASTITSKINDOFFUNANDGIVESYOUSOMETHINGTOREADFORAWHILEOTHERTHANTHEHATEFULRAMBLINGSOFTHEIGNORANTSORRYITWASTEDAFEWMINUTESOFYOURTIMETHOUGH

    • ZeldasCrown

      Exactly. In order to be free to choose any single religion (or none at all), one must be free from all others. Being “free” to choose any Christian denomination (but not anything else) isn’t freedom of religion.

      I loved (in a head-desk kind of way) the hash tag Danelle used. How about you take your own “advice” and learn about something rather than complaining about it in an uniformed manner.

      • Paul Reed

        Uniformed, or uninformed…?

        I guess both kind of work…

        • ZeldasCrown

          Haha oops-uninformed. Good catch. That’s what I get for not properly proof-reading.

      • Camorris

        I like the saying someone penned earlier – “You can’t have freedom of your religion without freedom from mine.”

    • DavidMHart

      Though an interesting counterexample is Australia, where you don’t merely have the right to vote for a political party of your choice, you are legally required to vote. Not that you couldn’t spoil your ballot, I suppose, but it’s an interesting case where a ‘freedom of’ has been detached from the ‘freedom from’.

      • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

        Can you hand in a blank ballot?

        • DavidMHart
          • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

            (sorry, read rest of comments failure on my part)

        • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_system_of_Australia#Compulsory_voting

          It is an offence to “mislead an elector in relation to the casting of his vote”. An “informal vote” is one which has not been filled in correctly or not at all. The number of informal votes is counted but, in the determination of voter preferences, they are included in the total number of (valid) votes cast. Around 95% of registered voters attend polling, and around 5% of House of Representatives votes are informal

          Sounds like “Not technically, but realistically”

          Also interesting:

          If no satisfactory reason [for not voting] is provided (for example, illness or religious prohibition), a fine of up to $170 is imposed

          (emphasis mine)

          So, no, you don’t have to vote if your religion prohibits it. Which I’m actually fine with. If your religion prohibits voting, maybe you shouldn’t be voting :-)

          I’ve read some good (IMO) opinions in favor of it. For one it reduces a lot of the politicking around just getting people out. A lot of times the existence of a hot button issue (like same sex marriage) can sway an election in other ways. This reduces that effect, since just about everyone is already at the polls, they may as well vote.

  • Gitte

    I am, as usual, utterly overwhelmed with all the christian love and forgiveness that spills out from those tweets. Christians are a piss poor advertisment for their religion.

  • jdm8

    “Scuba Steve @JohnSHeadley

    @jessicaahlquist I’m glad to know you’re starting at an early age to make pointless political stands and force YOUR OWN beliefs on others.”

    Look in the mirror, “Scuba Steve”.

  • Lauryn

    This makes me so angry for this wonderful young women. She did what she felt was right and people calling it a “temper tantrum.” Ugh.

  • Michaela Samuels

    Quality Christianity, Folks. Look no further.

  • h2ocean

    The amount of hypocrisy in these twitter comments is amazing:

    “…and force YOUR OWN beliefs on others.”

    Who was forcing beliefs on others with the original banner?

    “So the self-entitled atheist #crybaby…”

    Who is self-entitled when they assume a Christian default in a publicly funded building?

    “You caused sadness & pain as all people like you do.”

    …as opposed to what Christianity does to people who don’t belief the same way they do and the ostracism that people like Jessica deal with?

    • James Stevenson

      How often do people correct these people when they say stuff like this? The revised banner was brilliant as far as I’m concernred. Its just a shame it requires a whole lot of dragging them kicking and screaming to get them to realise it. Its about as neutral and bound in respect for each others common deceny as can be expected just withuot the reference to a Christian God.

      I suppose if the banner had been forced to revise to make a decleration of ‘there is no god’ (which I imagine most of us would take issue with it saying as its counter to an inclusive message)… would it be the same response? Or would they see no difficulty in going full on taliban in response? Is there any sense of morals holding back Christians from such a bloody rampage? Or maybe… just maybe… is it just a sense of christian privilige and fear of anything jeopardising that? Well a whole lot of rhetorical questions there :(

  • islandbrewer

    Vincent Findley! Which of those tweets were yours?

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Exactly my question!

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      He sock puppets, so it theoretically could’ve been all of them.

  • Tainda

    Those are like a how-to guide to douchenugget Christians. Do they all have a book that tells them exactly what to say to spew their hate?

    1. “It’s freedom OF religion not freedom FROM religion”
    2. The obligatory “you’re stupid” and yet they misspell at least one word in the post.

    3. Threats of physical violence

    4. “I hope you rot in hell” Oh yeah, that really hurt her…

    5. You’re forcing your beliefs on everyone!

    6. Obama worship

    and last but certainly not least

    7. STOP PERSECUTING US!

    • Bitter Lizard

      Find these and more in Bitter Lizard’s Book of Home-Style Poe Recipes.

      • Tainda

        3 easy payments of $6.66

      • busterggi

        Can you bake a cherry poe, Bitter-boy, Bitter-boy?

    • islandbrewer

      I’m making a new bingo card.

    • Mitch

      About #2, I really enjoy reading “your stupid” on comments like those. True, arguing spelling/grammar mistakes instead of actual points of contention is no way to win an argument, but damn it’s funny.

      • Tainda

        It is!

        I make my fair share of typos but if I’m going to call someone stupid, I make sure everything is correct first.

        • Bitter Lizard

          I generally make sure I don’t have an imaginary friend that I think is secretly controlling everything first.

          • Donaving

            Oy.

      • David Kopp

        I think it’s the inherent irony of it that makes it funny. Misspellings happen, but when you make an egregious mistake when asserting that you’re smarter than someone else…

    • Timmah

      You forgot a big one: “I will pray for you.”

      • Tainda

        Ugh! How could I forget that one?

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        And “God bless you”.

        (Generally translates to “fuck you, filthy nonbeliever”.)

        • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

          It works better in the original Southern, “Bless your heart!”

          • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

            Yeah, you’re right.

  • sailor50

    Extreme hatred seems to shut off any ability to be rational. Good luck in making any sense out of remarks from those immersed in primitive beliefs.

    • David Kopp

      Pretty sure that’s religion in a nutshell, that it shuts off the ability to be rational when any aspect of it is discussed.

      • Matt D

        Rationality is never a concern for authors of fiction.

  • Daniel Brown

    Allow the hate to be a constant reminder that you changed the world. A reminder that you are strong enough to fight for what you know is right, no matter how hard the challenge is. It can be a tough reminder, sometimes hurtful. But the silver lining is MUCH bigger than the hate it encapsulates. You’re amazing, Jessica. Thank you for your incredible work. As long as there are people against your cause, there will be people FOR your cause. You can count me as one of the proud latter.

    • OhioAtheist

      I wish I could like this more than once. Well said.

    • AxeGrrl

      This X 1000.

  • Lee Picton

    Hemant, I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your rising star in the atheist community. I have followed Jessica’s travails since the beginning and want to add my voice of appreciation and admiration for this brave, freethinking young woman.

  • Croquet_Player

    She is pissing off EXACTLY the right people! Oh, the bitter tears of crazy bigots. Boo frickin’ hoo! I love it! Jessica is like a Constitutional super hero! Seriously, she should wear a cape!

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      NO. CAPES!

      • busterggi

        R.I.P. Dollar Bill.

        • C.L. Honeycutt

          I heard a joke once: Speaker gets up before church crowd.
          Says she feels so much hate from others.
          Says she feels all alone in a threatening world.
          Pastor says, “turning your fear into anger to keep you going is simple.
          The teenaged Constitutional defender Ahlquist is in town tonight.
          Go throw bile at her. Threaten her life.
          That should maintain you enough you don’t notice you’re scared.”
          Speaker gets sad look.
          Says, “But everyone… I am Jessica Ahlquist.”

      • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

        Aww, capes are awesome! I have a cloak (admittedly not a cape, but a full floor-length cloak) that is dark green. My mother-in-law made it for me for RenFaire garb, and it’s awesome.

      • Croquet_Player

        I loved that movie!

  • atheos

    Excuse my “twitter” ignorance but why would right wing conservatives be following jessica on twitter?

    • Brian Westley

      I don’t think they were following her, the recent news story about the replacement banner made them remember that it had been a while since they had tweeted some Christian hatred her way.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      You don’t need to follow. You can just search for someone and decide to whine at them.

      Although Vincent Findley probably follows her, because he likes to whine about her a lot.

  • newavocation

    Wonder what it would take to get their next school named after Jessica.

    • C.L. Honeycutt

      Evil L. Thing High School, I like it.

  • Phil Pitzer

    I remember the days when my deconversion from Christianity was just beginning. I spent an evening reading through all the comments that my “fellow” christians were posting on Jessica’s Facebook. I was totally shocked and ashamed. Reading those comments, believing in Jessica’s cause, and being a fellow Rhode Islander made it all very real for me and was just another bit of evidence that led me to atheism.

    • Matt D

      I’m suprised you didn’t just use the “No True Scotsman” fallacy.

      • Phil Pitzer

        I certainly used that enough in my “believer” days. By that time I was getting tired of using it to stay comfortable with all the crazy behavior I saw in the christian community.

        • Matt D

          Thanks for sharing!

  • katiehippie

    It’s unbelievable how nasty people can be. Another nail in the Christianity coffin for me.

  • A3Kr0n

    Is it proper tweet-etiquette to tweet these bastards to remind them what bastards they are? Because I think that’s what I’m going to do, since I’m sooo good at being bad.

    • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

      Maybe encourage them to commit petty crimes like spray-painting Bible verses on the school’s property. Then, when they are caught, we can talk and laugh about it when Hemant posts the news.

  • busterggi

    “That’s obviously not representative of all Christians” – at least not all in public. If they support the churches that teach this hate then it still represents them.

  • ORAXX

    Nothing says more about the poisonous nature of religion than the inability of these people to see how they justify their utter lack of humanity in the name of God.

  • Birdie1986

    So much Christian love. How can we not want to believe?

  • NoisyBugger

    Well that escalated quickly!

  • squinney

    Just doing what christians do best. HATE

  • TnkAgn

    I wonder if “A Guy in Texas” would like to give us his address so we could express our opinion of his intolerance in his face.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Christinanity.

    • God’s Starship

      God’s gentle people….

      • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

        Oh yeah, the one’s to inherit the earth. I remember.

        • Blacksheep

          It says “the meek shall inherit the earth” – I would guess that doesn’t include people who write hateful things to others on twitter.

          • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

            It wasn’t a good guess. You took that quotation out of context. You should ask the Lord for discernment, and get that plank out of your eye! Jesus Christ!

  • Ron

    Didn’t some dude say something about “turn the other cheek” and “forgive 70 times seven times” long ago? Or is that rule no longer in effect?

    • Blacksheep

      It’s still in effect.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

        You wouldn’t know it by the way they act…

  • John Williams

    Clearly, an understanding of the law is not a requirement of Christianity. Look no further than some of the states that have passed anti-Sharia laws. With the separation of church and state, Sharia can’t be implemented, ever.

    • observer

      I think the blind assumption is “If the gov’t supposedly supports MY Christian beliefs, it could support another religion as well.”

  • SeekerLancer

    “I’m glad to know you’re starting at an early age to make pointless political stands and force YOUR OWN beliefs on others.”

    Posts like that really illustrate that they really don’t understand what the lawsuit was even about or how insanely hypocritical they’re being.

  • Atheistiana

    Those comments she has gotten are disgusting. I cannot fathom who people can say that to another person, much less one that is a teen and did what is right by the law. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

  • cary_w

    I literally started to cry while reading this post. I want so much to believe that people are inherently good, that we all share a common sense of humanity and respect for our fellow human beings, even when we disagree. But post like this make me wonder if Christians are right, maybe we are all inherently bad and full of evil. If that’s the case, then Christianity is certainly not the answer. Far too many Christians are intolerant, hateful bigots. And to those of you who say those comments are from “not true Christians”, that’s a bunch of BS. You are all Christians, you all share the blame, either stand up and fight for change from the inside, with even a fraction of the courage and strength that Jessica had, or get the hell out of that terrible hateful church.

  • Mick

    Christian love and tolerance, more honored in the breach than in the observance.

    I used to wonder how the Christians managed to find so many people to work in the torture chambers during the 600 years of Inquisitions. Now I realize that they were probably overwhelmed with volunteers.

  • Kent Mason

    Welfare junky? He has no idea how brilliant this beautiful young woman is.

  • UWIR

    With all the stuff about whether Pope Francis is turning over a new leaf for the RCC, I think that it is worth noting that despite the fact that RI is 63% Catholic, Francis has not, to my knowledge, spoken against this blatant bigotry.

  • MineApostasy

    I’m appalled, but — sadly — not surprised.

    Sidebar: can we talk about how horrible the format of the new sign is? I mean, I know it’s supposed to read “We are… FALCONS”, but all I see is “We are… Foster”.

  • Steve UK

    Jessica, know you have support from a British atheist, keep strong and don’t let these saddoes get you down.

    • Paul Reed

      Make that (at least) two!

  • kpax2012

    I can’t believe the way those adults are talking to her. And I’m starting to see more and more how hateful Christians can get.

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    There are some more winners here http://godfatherpolitics.com/12648/teen-atheist-jessica-ahlquist-gets-court-remove-religious-banner/

    Including “just kill da biitch”, “Eliminate all atheists by any means necessary” and “here’s praying that Jessica dies a long and painful death with her family watching”

  • skwerl

    Although the hate is worse than bad, Jessica shouldn’t have stirred the pot by posting that initial Tweet. She drew unnecessary attention to herself, IMO.

    • 3lemenope

      Pot needed a stir.

      • skwerl

        For what purpose?

        • 3lemenope

          Privilege that must be actively asserted is privilege that is already being challenged, since privilege operates best when its possessor is unaware of its existence.

          • skwerl

            I’ve read that a half dozen times and still can’t figure out who the privileged one is or what the heck you’re talking about.

            • DavidMHart

              The pro-mural Christians of Cranston are the privileged group in this one – Ahlquist has already managed to get the school to remove one blatant manifestation of this privilege, but plenty of them still believe that they are entitled to have the school validate their beliefs in particular, and it is therefore important to keep pointing out to them that actually no; they’re just one group amongst equals, no more entitled to have the government endorse their religious view than the Scientologists, Muslims or John Frum cargo cultists.

              Pointing this out to them means they are at least kept aware that other people think their assumption of Christian supremacy is a problem, and that they are therefore going to have to try to make an argument for Christian supremacy in an officially religion-neutral country, if they want to defend it. And trying to make an intellectual argument means that they are forced to confront the countervailing arguments.

              • skwerl

                And this has WHAT to do with the new secular mural?

                • DavidMHart

                  Nothing to do with its contents, but to do with the fact that the pupil who got the school to stop breaking the law wasn’t invited. Given that there’d never have even been a new unveiling ceremony without her.

                  And the reaction of these twitter commenters proves that it is still necessary to take their sense of entitlement down a notch. Even if she couldn’t have known that in advance, it’d still have been worth making the comment in order to test the waters.

                • skwerl

                  I see things from a more personal point of view. You are concerned with the issue. I am concerned with the person. It was an unnecessary comment made simply to provoke and stir up a hornet’s nest that had largely settled. She is not stupid. She knew exactly the type of reaction that Tweet would get. She needs to get on with her life, IMO.

                • DavidMHart

                  Okay, I see what you mean. But hey, if she was the sort of person to not rock the boat for the sake of a quiet life, she’d never have taken on this case in the first place. And we do need people who are prepared to rock boats.

                  It’s a bit like Everybody Draw Mohammed Day – the point is not to stir up Muslim resentment; the point is to declare that we will not be cowed into giving up our freedoms by holy bullies … if those freedoms aren’t exercised, the holy bullies can start to think that they are genuinely entitled to unearned respect, which makes things all the more acrimonious the next a really big challenge has to be raised. Better to sustain a constant low level of reminding holy bullies that they are not in fact entitled to have everyone else validate their position, lest they forget it. And unfortunately, stirring up a little resentment is sometimes the price you have to pay.

  • Debbie Flitman

    Sadly hate is very much alive here in Cranston. As long as “my neighbors” continue to teach their children intolerence, this kind of hate will continue to thrive.

  • KBrent Alexander KThomas

    lol obama worshipping. Seriously?

  • wvsasha

    Does anyone know if Jessica or someone else will be selling those “Evil Little Thing” tshirts again? My daughter’s is wearing out and we need a new one. I could make one myself but I’d rather have the money go towards something – like Jessica.

  • Shervell Jones

    I can respect her willingness to stand up for her beliefs and her right to be an atheist, but you can’t ask others to respect her belief while she undermines others right to belief.


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