Cranston to get new banners. People who said it wasn’t about god are hacked off the new murals don’t include god.

The same graduating class which provided Cranston West High School with their nefarious prayer murals which Jessica Ahlquist so bravely challenged (a challenge in which she was declared the swift victor by a conservative Catholic judge) has gifted the school two new banners which don’t break the law.

The mural does not contain any religious words. It urges students to “foster an atmosphere of goodwill and respect,” among a series of positive messages.

As my father put it int he comments of the article: This atheist would like to offer Kudos to the class of ’63 for having the dignity and grace to accept the court’s decision and to take a positive step to mend and move on.

Of course, not everybody has moved on.  The inclusion of banners which just contain the admonition to exhibit goodwill and respect, and say nothing about god, just aren’t enough for a lot of people.  Leave it to those supposedly on the moral high ground to piss and moan as if good will and respect don’t mean anything if you’re not including god on the mural somewhere.  Wasn’t that the argument before: “why would Jessica complain when the murals have such a wholesome message?”  Well, now you have banners with the wholesome message but without the legally dubious parts, and suddenly these same people don’t seem to give much of a shit about the wholesome message.  Straaaaaaaange.

And these same people have now taken to twitter to tell Jessica what a selfish and evil little thing she is (I guess the judge who ruled against the school must also be selfish…or maybe these people are all legally ignorant).  Anyway, my favorite tweet at Jessica so far has been this one:


In the process of telling Jessica that she is unenlightened, the guy who is implying that he is more enlightened than she actually misspelled the word “unenlightened”.  The irony award for today goes to you, Kenneth DeLatte.

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.

  • Art_Vandelay

    Ah, of course…the people that bullied a 16 year old girl to the point where she needed to take a police escort to school are now the arbiters of good will and respect.

    • Loqi

      That feeling of imminent danger? That’s Jesus’ love, my friend.

  • Rain

    I’m noticing a conspicuous absence of Jesus with crayons so he can graffiti on the murals. Good enough for Jesus. Good enough for me.

    • Rain

      I have more followers and subscribers than all of y’all snobby-ass people that ignore me my whole life put together. How you like them apples. Can’t wait till I get one million.

  • baal

    @uninlightened- if he gets either glow in the dark tattoos or LEDs embedded in his skin, then he can talk. Til then, it’s shut up time.

    • Loqi

      His skin secretes luciferase. But he pulled a freedom fries and renamed it to jesusase. You know, so his inlightened buddies wouldn’t burn him at the stake for being a heretic.

      • baal

        Do you know if we have the right small molecules to run luciferase? A dermal transfection would either inactivate or wash out (via cell replication) pretty fast but I don’t know if we could get that enzyme to light up.

        • Artor

          Sure, but if I recall, luciferase is toxic to humans.

  • Silent Service

    The wooo is impressive in Kenneth DeLatte.

  • SansDeus

    What I like about the new banner is almost all of the letters in the mnemonic could be argued as lessons learned from the lawsuit:

    Foster an atmosphere of good will and respect
    Affirm our efforts to conduct ourselves with honor
    Learn from our achievements and mistakes
    Choose wisely the paths taken and friends made
    Overcome prejudice and embrace diversity
    Nurture ourselves, families, friends and communities
    Strive for excellence in all our future endeavors

  • Ryan Jean

    I find it noteworthy — but not surprising — that she was not on the invitation list for the unveiling of the new banner.

    “Overcome prejudice and embrace diversity”
    “Foster an atmosphere of good will and respect”
    “Affirm our efforts to conduct ourselves with honor”
    “Learn from our achievements and mistakes”

    I’d have an easier time taking them at their word on those lines if they at least demonstrated the fortitude to do that at the ceremony for the very banner bearing the words…

  • randomfactor

    She wasn’t invited to the unveiling, of course.