Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jessica Ahlquist and the American Taliban

First of all, major kudos to sixteen-year-old Jessica Ahlquist of Cranston RI, who successfully -- and it appears, single-handedly -- forced her high school to remove a prayer banner posted on the school wall.

Her thanks? Death threats from local & national "Christians" (aka the American Taliban), social isolation, and it even came down to the refusal of floral delivery outfits to deliver congratulatory flowers and wreaths to her.

I'm sure that "imprecatory prayers" were also in the mix. So much for that whole "turn the other cheek" crap from that proto-hippie Jesus guy.

My hearty congratulations to Jessica for her principled stance against the minions of religious orthodoxy, and those who wish to congratulate her in a more monetary fashion can go here to make a donation.

You go, girlfriend!


the yellow fringe said...

The Reichwing Taliban will single out various groups at various times as they gain power, eventually threats like Allen West made yesterday speaking about liberals " You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America." and the death threats of the girl you wrote of will turn to more actions such as they took against Congresswomen Gifford and women's health care facilities. I was a news article a few days ago about a young women at a Gingrich rally the police escorted out after she bantered with the crowd, they said she was in danger of being attacked by some. Third world politics and zealots, it may be the future.

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, yf. Sadly I think you are right.
--The F Man

Analyst said...

Actions and speech like those used against Jessica Ahlquist are conclusive proof that her attackers aren't religious (and certainly aren't spiritual), they are merely superstitious.

She was taking away their magic charm, their lucky rabbit's foot.

A truly religious person would have accepted the correctness of her case, wished her well and perhaps have hoped she might one day change her views. They didn't even say they would "pray for her" which is the Christian equivalent of telling her to go to hell.