Monday, February 20, 2012

11th Grader Jessica Takes A Stand For The Separation of State and Church

Check out this story from Rhode Island, of how Jessica protested this school prayer that was displayed in her Cranston High School West auditorium.

She said that, as an Atheist, every time she looked at the prayer's religious content

“It seemed like it was saying, every time I saw it, ‘You don’t belong here.’ ” 

On the good side, a Federal judge agreed that displaying the prayer violated the First Amendment’s prohibition against “establishment of religion" and the school has to take it down.

On the bad side, Jessica is being targeted with a lot of verbal abuse and hate, even being called names by State representatives on local talk radio.

I think it's fascinating to note how Atheists are, like the Queer community, and Fat people, a minority who it's still "okay" to malign, ridicule and belittle.

And we all have to say NO!  That's not okay!

We still have a long way to go to create the world we want to live in, but for now, let's stand in solidarity with Jessica, and cheer her on.

Good Job, Jessica!  I'm proud of you for standing up for yourself and for everyone else who felt marginalized by this intrusion of religion into your public school!


The photo of the prayer is from this article in the online Providence Journal.


ivanova said...

Good for Jessica from Cranston! The school can have a plaque urging students to grow and be good without it being a prayer. Atheists are probably the most feared people in America, for no good reason.

Michael Taylor said...

It's so annoying that "people of faith" think it's okay do do this crap. Most of them would be appaled with the idea of Sharia Law being imposed on them but accept the Christian equivelent and try to force it on others.