I’m a bit late for Religious Freedom Day. Chris Rodda got a great post out on Jefferson’s opinion of Patrick Henry, who tried to turn our country into a theocracy in its early days. Me? I was ridiculously busy.
JT and Christina, on the other hand, have been doing a bang-up job of chronicling the cost of protecting our religious freedoms. In case you don’t pay attention to these sorts of things, Jessica Ahlquist won her court case last week, with a judge rather snarkily confirming that a prayer on the wall of her public school is a prohibited government endorsement of religion.
Since that time, Jessica has received condemnation that tops the ravings she had to deal with while the case was in progress. Her address was posted online. People have cheerfully threatened to kill her. Her humanity has been questioned. For a lovely sampling of the hatred aimed at this teenaged girl, check out the following posts:
- Cranston Commenters #1
- Cranston Commenters #2
- Cranston Commenters #3
- Cranston Commenters #4
- Cranston Commenters #5
- Cranston Commenters #6
- Cranston Commenters #7
- Cranston Commenters #8
- Cranston Commenters #9
JesusFetusFajitaFishsticks has also been tracking the vitriol aimed at Jessica from random sources.
The worst of these comments comes from Jessica’s state representative. It’s less threatening than many comments, but the fact that it comes from someone whose job is upholding the law of our land makes it particularly appalling.
Extra appalling is that it is the oddity of hardcore public secularism in the U.S. that has allowed so many sects to flourish here to the point where their adherents don’t understand the point of the First Amendment to begin with. These people should (on a relative basis, assuming they find value in being able to practice their religion that I don’t) be thanking Jessica instead of reviling her.
They won’t, of course, but they should.