Cranston Commenters #10: Chris Young

Turns out there’s video of a great deal of the committee meeting to determine whether or not to appeal the judge’s decision in the Jessica Ahlquist case.

Good.  This is what Jessica Ahlquist is up against.

He is asked when stepping to the mic if his commentary is about the agenda only (i.e. not about the prayer banner).  He says it is.  He lied.  If only Jesus were as good at making people morally good as he was at forgiving them for being morally shitty.

He goes on to ask what the overall budget is for the school.  He is told that it’s 133 million dollars.  Without knowing any of the particulars such as how much an appeal will cost, whether or not they were over or under budget for the past year, what the projections are for the coming year, etc., he then says…

Boy, I guess we can focus on some other issues rather than whether somebody gets a raise.

This statement perfectly demonstrates the fucked up priorities of the vocal Christians in Cranston.  Why pay your teachers well when we can throw the money away on a case that’s unwinnable?

And the true, true believers cheered.  The particulars clearly are not important to that room.  It doesn’t matter if education will suffer.  It doesn’t matter that this guy didn’t have enough info.  It didn’t matter that he lied to steal the spotlight.  Moral and intellectual concerns are not the interests of the faithful here.  No, their only worry is that the school fights for the law to be broken in favor of Christianity.

It’s an indictment on humanity that so many can see something so hideous, so offensive to human potential, so flagrantly immoral, as beautiful.  To all you moderates who cannot fathom why I criticize faith at every opportunity, I give you Chris Young and the room that applauded him.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.