Friday, October 14, 2011

"Our Heavenly Father" prayer is as American as apple pie!

If you're an active atheist, than you probably know about the Jessica Ahlquist story. If not, read up on it.

Short version: A junior at a public high school in Rhode Island would prefer that the "School Prayer" not be displayed on a giant banner in the school's auditorium.

This seems to be fairly cut and dry. We have laws in place protecting the public sector from religion, and it's hard to think of an argument that would validate the need to have a prayer on display in a public school.


Unfortunately, Christians tend to be extremely protective over their perceived rights to express their faith in any manner they choose. The request made to take the banner down was denied, so Jessica filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union. Yesterday there was a trial, and an eye-witness wrote a really good write-up about it.

I love two things about what transpired in that courtroom:

1. The judge asked the defense if it would make a difference if the prayer was to the "Great Buddha" instead of to God. That right there makes me think that the judge will likely side with Jessica.

2. The defense's argument centered around the history of the banner (admittedly it's been there for a very long time), and that it used to be ok to pray in school...and it's America...and apple pie...and traditions...and...


That's the best you can do? You're going to use the Glen Beck defense and get all weepy about the times of yore when you played stick ball in the street and you and your best chums prayed constantly because you are convinced that prayer and faith is really that fucking important to everyone?

Swing and a miss.

We won't know for a few weeks what the judge decides, but if the defense wins I'm going to join a satanic church and hang an "All hail Satan" banner outside my house BECAUSE I ALSO LIKE APPLE PIE, ASSHOLES.

Damn it.

1 comment:

  1. I've never understood this argument. "It was ok before, so it should be ok now". It is a terrible argument! There are so many awful things that used to be acceptable that are now intolerable. These same people would never dream of using the same kind of logic to argue that it was ok to bring back slavery. Or strip women of the rights to vote and to own property.