Justice done

The banner in Cranston is now gone.

The controversial prayer banner has been removed from the wall of Cranston High School West, school officials and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union announced yesterday afternoon.

The school district has scheduled a press conference at 4 p.m. today to address the issue and to give media outlets a chance to photograph where the banner used to be displayed.

Such a simple thing.  A Constitutional violation that could’ve been rectified without the commotion.  A breach of the law that should have been addressed willingly without their hand being forced, and without two years of torment for the young woman asking that the law of the land be obeyed.

Justice has been done with the banner, but the people who decided to fight to give their religion a place in our government will never be able to give Jessica back the two years of her childhood, not that they would care to.

After the two-year-long fight, the banner is leaving in relative silence.  We’ve moved on, and the social rubric has now been recalibrated slightly more in favor of secularism.

On the article as of this writing there is a lone comment still railing.

It is outrageous that the allegedly “pro bono” ACLU would bring this fanatical secular-cleansing lawsuit, but then seek $173,000 in attorney fees to be paid by taxpayers while posing as a “public interest” (sic) organization. It is further evidence that the self-righteous, social-engineering ACLU has become the Taliban of American liberal secularism.

It’s a scream into the void, the volume of which is swallowed up by the emptiness of the auditorium.  It’s the past, and it echoes less plangent to those of us moving on toward the future – a future where Jessica Ahlquist is deservedly becoming a leader in her own right for this movement.  That is a bright future indeed.

About JT Eberhard

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.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Erulora Erulóra Maikalambe

    Troll does not understand “pro bono”, among other things.

  • lordshipmayhem

    I wonder what they can put up in the banner’s place. Maybe a banner quoting the First Amendment?

  • http://www.atheist-faq.com JT (Generic)

    Because breaking the law should have no penalties, apparently.

    • Joshua Fisher

      It isn’t even about assigning penalties. Penalties aside, why should the ACLU have to bear the financial burden of protecting the rights of the people of the U.S. It is a matter of responsibility. And, as far as I know, even at $173k the ACLU is still shouldering a fair chunk of the legal costs.

  • http://iamaperture.wordpress.com Zinc Avenger

    I thought money was no object to the Cranston Christians? They hooted so loudly to spend more money than that on a doomed appeal.

    I thought it was the principle of the thing. Perhaps the ACLU’s costs are an insufficient martyrdom.

  • Michaelyn

    That last paragraph… damn, JT.

  • Art Vandelay

    Why do they have to have a press conference and a media photo-op to take pictures of a wall where a banner used to be that they claim nobody ever even noticed was there in the first place? Depending on who you ask, this thing was either invisible or the most important symbol in state history.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Erulora Erulóra Maikalambe

    The rest of the comments there are pretty good. Tweedle Dumb got a smackdown. :-)

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty

    *happy-tail dance*


  • Aquaria

    Aw, I’m not seeing the ignoramus’ comment, anymore, and I had my reply all fired up! Well, why waste it?

    It is outrageous that the allegedly “pro bono” ACLU

    It’s pro-bono for who they’re representing, not for those whose stupid sorry asses they kick. The stupid sorry asses were you, asshole.

    Sucks to be you.

    would bring this fanatical secular-cleansing lawsuit

    Fanatical was you dumb-ass religious fanatics.

    Secular cleansing is right. The ACLU and Jessica cleaned up the religious garbage cretins like you vomited into a school so that it would be a more secular environment–like it should be as per the goddamned Constitution, fuckface.

    Sucks to be you. Still.

    but then seek $173,000 in attorney fees

    The lawyers don’t work for the ACLU. They are sort of sub-contractors that are available for the ACLU to call upon when they have a case like this. Their hours aren’t unbilled. Far from it. Even if they had lost, the taxpayers would still have paid them for their billable hours. This is how federal courts work.

    to be paid by taxpayers

    Who could have avoided it by having the school officials say, “Hey, Jessica, you’re right. This ugly little banner actually is religious, and it has no place in our school. Thank you for bringing that to our attention.”

    Instead, you guys were screaming to fight fight fight, despite literally millions of people telling you that it would be stupid stupid stupid to do so and that you would lose lose lose.

    But, as christards, you’re too fucking deluded to understand reality, so you ignored it. Like you always do. And it came back and bit you on your ignorant, gelatinous asses.

    Sucks to be a loser like you, huh? Again.

    while posing as a “public interest” (sic) organization.

    It’s in the public’s interest to keep state-sanctioned superstitious twaddle out of our schools.

    Do keep up.

    It is further evidence that the self-righteous, social-engineering ACLU has become the Taliban of American liberal secularism.

    I did say christards re too fucking deluded to understand reality. Thanks for providing Exhibit A. Your parting prize is to be mercilessly mocked for being such a lying piece of shit ignoramus.