Laci Green

Rhode Island Cranston High School West student Jessica Ahlquist successfully sued her school to have a Christian prayer mural removed from the state-funded public establishment. Her argument, a textbook case of separation of church and state, was sufficient to win U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux over, who praised her for her courage in his decision:

"The Court refrains from second-guessing the expressed motives of the Committee members, but nonetheless must point out that tradition is a murky and dangerous bog. While all agree that some traditions should be honored, others must be put to rest as our national values and notions of tolerance and diversity evolve. At any rate, no amount of history and tradition can cure a constitutional infraction. The Court concludes that Cranston’s purposes in installing and, more recently, voting to retain the Prayer Mural are not clearly secular."

Jessica Ahlquist may have won her legal battle to remove an unconstitutional prayer banner from her public school, but that doesn’t mean she can finally resume her everyday life. No, now she’s receiving horrible comments from fellow classmates, community members, and other angry Christians who are very, very offended that their religion no longer has the special status to be forced upon others:

“May that little, evil athiest teenage girl and that judge BURN IN HELL!”
“yeah, well i want the immediate removal of all atheists from the school, how about that?”
“Jessica Ahlquist may have won her case, but she’s going straight to hell. #Godovereverything”
“I hope there’s lots of banners in hell when your rotting in there you atheist fuck #TeamJesus”
“If this banner comes down, hell i hope the school burns down with it!”
“U little brainless idiot, hope u will be punished, you have not win sh..t! Stupid little brainless skunk!”
“Fuck Jessica alquist I’ll drop anchor on her face”
“definetly laying it down on this athiest tommorow anyone else?”
“Nothing bad better happen tomorrow #justsaying #fridaythe13th”
“Let’s all jump that girl who did the banner #fuckthatho”
“literally that bitch is insane. and the best part is she already transferred schools because shes knows someone will jump her #ahaha”
“”But for real somebody should jump this girl” lmao let’s do it!”
“Hmm jess is in my bio class, she’s gonna get some shit thrown at her”
“hail Mary full of grace @jessicaahlquist is gonna get punched in the face”
“When I take over the world I’m going to do a holocaust to all the atheists”
“gods going to fuck your ass with that banner you scumbag”
“if I wasn’t 18 and wouldn’t go to jail I’d beat the shit out of her idk how she got away with not getting beat up yet”
“nail her to a cross”
We can make so many jokes about this dumb bitch, but who cares #thatbitchisgointohell and Satan is gonna rape her.”

Those comments are all verbatim, taken from Facebook, Twitter and comments threads. For the record, police are taking them very seriously. At least one student has been disciplined, and all of the students making threats are under investigation.

It’s hilarious because a bunch of atheists are actually antitheists but they claim to be atheists.

PROTIP:

  • atheist = lacking faith in any particular religion/believing there is no higher power
  • antitheist = opposition to religion in all forms (often aggressive)
  • ATHEIST =/= ANTITHEIST

Something that has always bothered me about Christianity. You tailor-made blond, blue-eyed Jesus so you could relate to him better even though you know that if he existed, he would have been Middle Eastern. What else about your authoritative, absolutely true, set in stone religion have you adjusted for your own comfort?

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Subhumans - “No”

No I don’t believe in Jesus Christ
My mother died of cancer when I was 5
No I don’t believe in religion
I was forced to go to church, I wasn’t told why

No I don’t believe in the police force
Police brutality isn’t a dream
No I don’t believe in the system
Cos Nothing it does makes sense to me

Don’t worry you’ll get over it
You’ll grow up, you’ll calm down
Another youth, another fashion
You’ll get over it, you’ll calm down

You don’t really mean what you say
You’ve had too much to drink
Don’t be so full of hated
It’s not as bad as you think

No I don’t believe in what you say
You’re just part of what I despise
Yes you’re part of the fucking system
I ain’t blind, I can see your lies

Cos the system thrives on ignorance
What the public don’t know, they can’t reject
In the face of you all I stand defiant
The rest of the people, they wanna forget

For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command nor faith a dictum. I am my own god. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
—  Charles Bukowski

Hello, I’m the person who asked about your view on Anti-Theism, and…I’m really confused? Your response seems unprofessional and kind of rude… How is anti-theism a ‘hobby for assholes’? Religion has been used as a means to oppress since the beginning of time. It’s a way to control, to discriminate. Racism/sexism/political hierarchy is basically built into every mainstream religion and is very, very often cited to back up similar political ideas.

They’re almost always the leaders and/or creators of oppressive organizations and perpetrators of harmful propaganda in media.

Is it possible to defend and raise up oppressed people while also working towards the slow dismantling of their religions? And to say that these religions are *NOT* inherently sexist/homophobic is to be ignorant. Nearly every religion is this way and has acted upon these beliefs. You can’t just separate the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ religious people. A nun handing out food to the homeless is just as homophobic and sexist as a member of the westboro baptist church, because, after all, they read from the same text and that text is homophobic and sexist.

The same with any muslim, wiccan or jewish person. Their base texts and beliefs surround transphobia, misogyny and homophobia. You can HAVE culture without religion! You can celebrate any religious holiday and not be of that faith, if it’s a part of your history/culture!

I’m just really confused as to why you would think Anti-Theism is a ‘hobby for assholes’. It makes me think you don’t…know what it is? Or that you don’t view religion as oppressive? I would venture the latter and then ask, why don’t you? All it takes is a quick Google search to solidify such beliefs. (Such as ‘misogyny quran’ or ‘homophobia bible’, and then to search maybe ‘religious wars/murders/beheadings/sexual assault’)

I don’t want to come off as ignorant, I’m just trying to understand your POV, especially since I love this blog so much. (I spent about an hour writing this and going over it, just making sure I’m not being rude or ignorant and im sorry if I messed up.)

Thank you.

Honestly, one of the grossest well-intentioned messages I have ever received. Am I supposed to couch my words in academese? You seem to veer pretty closely into tone-policing. Do not dismiss my anger and frankness as incoherent. What I wrote is still true. Antitheism is profoundly violent, colonialist, and white supremacist. This is white feminist drivel:

"Free the oppressed savages from themselves!!!"

I’m tired of it. You do not understand the ways in which our ways of knowledge and beliefs are deeply intrinsic to our cultures. Yet you seek to erase them without the barest understanding.

You generalize mainstream religions, as if you can erase thousands of years of difference in billions of peoples’ lives, and then go on to generalize all religion. You analyze western culture, white supremacy, whiteness. And then apply those judgements to our own. This is a literally a “You know nothing, John Snow" situation. Straight up, ‘splaining: a perfect intersection of arrogance, confidence, and ignorance.

Is it possible that we don’t need you to free us? Is it possible that we are, and have been addressing systemic issues in our communities? I don’t know how many times I have to repeat that if you are not a part of that community you do not get a word. It is not your work to do. It is not your critique to make. Just as if you are white, you have no say in what racism is. You claim I’m ignorant, as I sit here: my ancestors chopped up and fed to dogs when women, ‘homosexuals’ and ‘gender-diverse’ people were always an important part of our beliefs. Of our communities. Of our cultures. It is profoundly sickening. It is profoundly insulting. A nun handing out food to the homeless is literally a fucking nun handing out food TO THE HOMELESS. What kind of false equivalence even is this?

You lump in Islam, Wicca, Judaism. I am almost shocked with rage. These are not the same. These are not the same. Each one has issues in its communities unique to them. These are not the same. Your assertions are egregious.

We can have culture without religion. Are you aware that’s not always the case? Did anyone ask you? Are you aware that we are aware of that? Did you know that right now we have atheists in our communities? Do you understand that our beliefs, our understandings of reality, our ways of knowledge and knowing are often inseparable from our culture?

This message makes me think you don’t…know anything about us. That tens of thousands of years of what we are should be dismissed merely because you deem your ways better. Congratulations, this is alignment with white supremacy.

All it takes is a quick Google search to begin to understand this. All it takes is a quick Google search to begin to see how varied religion is, and that you generalizing like this is erasure. This is in many ways the same violence that has been wrought on our communities and which continues to be perpetrated.

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