The story of Jessica Ahlquist is not a new one. A young atheist asked her public school to remove a prayer from the wall. They refused. The issue went to court, the young woman won (of course, because she is 100% correct in this case), and all hell broke loose. Florists refused to deliver flowers to her. She received death threats from her (largely Christian) community. She needed a police escort to school. State representative Peter G. Palumbo called her “an evil little thing.”
I’m a firm believer in cleaning up the shit in one’s own house, and my Christian friends? We’ve got a big steaming pile of it in our living room that we’ve all been stepping around. I spent a morning searching for Christian blogs that addressed this issue and came up empty.
We have failed. Miserably.
Today I’m posting over at Hemant Mehta’s blog, Friendly Atheist, offering my apology to the atheist community and to Jessica for not speaking out about this sooner. I always appreciate your comments, but I would love it if you would show support for Jessica as well. She (and others) deserve to know that we don’t support this kind of behavior.
If you also choose to speak up on your blog, please let me know here so I can read what you have to say!
Now, head on over to Hemant’s and let’s stop being silent.