Separation of church and state is an American tradition that goes back to our nation’s founding. The Constitution prohibits any one religion from being put before another, and gives everyone religious freedom. It does not allow a publicly funded institution to force religious beliefs on people. But that is exactly what Cranston High School West in Rhode Island did when they decided to place a Christian prayer mural on the premises. One girl, 16 year old Jessica Ahlquist, fought in court to have the clear violation of religious freedom removed. She won. And now her ‘Christian’ schoolmates are violently threatening her in a clearly un-Christian manner that would make Jesus weep.
When U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux issued his decision to rule in favor of Ahlquist, he went out of his way to praise her for her brave stand for constitutional values.
“The Court refrains from second-guessing the expressed motives of the Committee members, but nonetheless must point out that tradition is a murky and dangerous bog. While all agree that some traditions should be honored, others must be put to rest as our national values and notions of tolerance and diversity evolve. At any rate, no amount of history and tradition can cure a constitutional infraction. The Court concludes that Cranston’s purposes in installing and, more recently, voting to retain the Prayer Mural are not clearly secular. Plaintiff is clearly an articulate and courageous young woman, who took a brave stand, particularly in light of the hostile response she has received from her community.”
But the ruling of the court hasn’t stopped relentless threats of violence and ridicule from her classmates, who have taken to using social media to vent their hate and rage. Here is a but a small sample of the kinds of things these “Christians” are saying courtesy of JesusFetusFajitaFishsticks:
“May that little, evil athiest teenage girl and that judge BURN IN HELL!”
“yeah, well i want the immediate removal of all atheists from the school, how about that?”
“Jessica Ahlquist may have won her case, but she’s going straight to hell. #Godovereverything”
“I hope there’s lots of banners in hell when your rotting in there you atheist fuck #TeamJesus”
“If this banner comes down, hell i hope the school burns down with it!”
“U little brainless idiot, hope u will be punished, you have not win sh..t! Stupid little brainless skunk!”
“Fuck Jessica alquist I’ll drop anchor on her face”
“definetly laying it down on this athiest tommorow anyone else?”
“Nothing bad better happen tomorrow #justsaying #fridaythe13th”
“Let’s all jump that girl who did the banner #fuckthatho”
“literally that bitch is insane. and the best part is she already transferred schools because shes knows someone will jump her #ahaha”
“”But for real somebody should jump this girl” lmao let’s do it!”
“Hmm jess is in my bio class, she’s gonna get some shit thrown at her”
“hail Mary full of grace @jessicaahlquist is gonna get punched in the face”
“When I take over the world I’m going to do a holocaust to all the atheists”
“gods going to fuck your ass with that banner you scumbag”
“if I wasn’t 18 and wouldn’t go to jail I’d beat the shit out of her idk how she got away with not getting beat up yet”
“nail her to a cross”
“We can make so many jokes about this dumb bitch, but who cares #thatbitchisgointohell and Satan is gonna rape her.”
From the comments, it’s clear these whiny little teenagers have learned little during their education. First, they need to go back to English class and learn how to spell, capitalize, and punctuate. Second, they need to re-take every American history and government course offered at their school because it’s clear that they know nothing about either. The government can not elevate one religion over another and no religion can force itself upon those of that do not observe it. Schools that are publicly funded by states and the federal government cannot endorse a religion, including Christianity. To do so violates religious freedom as protected by the Constitution. Even Thomas Jefferson and James Madison agreed that separation of Church and State is in the Constitution:
“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
~Thomas Jefferson, as President, in a letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”
Jessica Ahlquist was simply following the example of the Founding Fathers.
These whiny brats also need to go back to Sunday school and learn real Christian values as practiced by Jesus himself. Hate is not a Christian value and threatening violence on someone is not something Jesus would ever have done. This just goes to show how many Christians, particularly conservative ones that insist there is no separation, have forsaken the Bible and the word of Jesus to teach their kids to hate. Police are already investigating each of them. It’s just too bad they can’t arrest them for ignorance and stupidity.