"Evil Little Thing" or Constitutional Defender?

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"Evil Little Thing" or Constitutional Defender?
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Fri, 01-27-2012 - 10:11am

I think that her accomplishment is admirable, but I'm not sure if I would have done the same thing. High School can be hard enough without death threats and hatred.

Atheist teen forces school to remove prayer from wall after 49 years State Representative calls girl, who has been escorted by police to school, 'an evil little thing'

She is 16, the daughter of a firefighter and a nurse, a self-proclaimed nerd who loves Harry Potter and Facebook. But Jessica Ahlquist is also an outspoken atheist who has incensed this heavily Roman Catholic city with a successful lawsuit to get a prayer removed from the wall of her high school auditorium, where it has hung for 49 years.

More here~ http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46160046/ns/us_news-the_new_york_times/#.TyK8lPmnJn0

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While I agree with the girl, I also would look at that sign as a part of the history of the school, unless the kids were forced to read it aloud or something every time they went in there. If I were her parent I would encourage her to do the same. Religion is all around us and in the Constitution. She shouldn't be exposed to death threats though.

As far as the separation...well, my kids are homeschooling with an ALE in WA. Their classes that they go to once a week, are located in a church. The school district is renting the space. There are church things all over the place. Now, a strict enforcement would mean that the district could not rent this space because it is paid by tax dollars. On the other hand, the program is voluntary and kids don't have to come in except to meet with teachers periodically if that is what the family chooses. Personally, I think it is a very "green" thing. The church still has to be heated during the week or the pipes would freeze. We make use of space that is otherwise not being use, without building new or setting anyone out of space they are already in. Win-win for me.
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We're an Atheist family. I was born and raised this way. DH came to it on his own despite Catholic upbringing and 12 years of Catholic schooling.

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