An atheist teenager is suing her school over a prayer mural that violates her rights as a non-Christian student. Surely this will spark debate, but the fact of the matter remains: The mural doesn't belong there.
Jessica Ahlquist, a 16-year old Rhode Island teen, happens to be an atheist. Sources report that the teen has identified as this since she was 10-years old. She's offended that there is a prayer mural displayed in her high school, even though it's been there for over 40 years. Nonetheless, federal law prohibits the promotion of religion in public schools, and this is far different from students owning their own bibles. It's a mural with a prayer on it, written by a student who attended the school during the 1960s. He was among the first who graduated from the high school.
Like many atheists who try to step up and fight for the enforcement of their constitutional rights, Jessica Ahlquist is now in the spotlight and it's in less than a positive view. Still, she's shown that even as a 16-year old child, she has the bravery to stick up for what's right -- and a prayer mural hanging in a public high school is not right at all. Here's to hoping that her lawsuit proves successful and the offensive mural is removed.
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