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The author of the Cranston High School Prayer is pissed.

So about 60 years ago, there was this guy named David and he went to Cranston High. There was a contest and something that David wrote was put on a wall. Swing forward to today and that thing David wrote was now having the opposite effect it was supposed to. For David’s goal was to unify the school, so he choose one of the two things that people by and large had in common, he choose God.

But the world has changed since the early 1960’s, and one student now felt very isolated because of David’s work. Upon hearing this, are we to think that David took the students concerns to heart? After all, “His prayer, [David] noted, is based on civility, intelligence and common decency.”

Nope.

“I am absolutely incensed, disenfranchised and outraged, It’s just one more example of secularism eroding the fabric of America.” – David Bradley

He went on.

“[David] also doesn’t believe that Ahlquist, whom he referred to as a “trained seal,” came up with the idea of filing a lawsuit on her own.” – The Westerly Sun

“I’m sure she didn’t think of it herself.” – David Bradley

In the end, he just decided to be a child about it and attack Jessica Ahlquist viciously but, he only ended up proving who the mature adult in this situation really was and it sure wasn’t David.

(Source: The Westerly Sun)

Comments

  1. 'Tis Himself, OM. says

    “[David] also doesn’t believe that Ahlquist, whom he referred to as a “trained seal,” came up with the idea of filing a lawsuit on her own.”

    David wrote the prayer when he was in 7th Grade. So he realizes it takes more intelligence to file a lawsuit against an official prayer than it does to write the prayer.

  2. Yoritomo says

    I suspect people would try much less to bully Jessica Ahlquist if she were a trained SEAL… That’s not what he meant?

  3. frankb says

    Just as cigarette smokers don’t realize how upsetting cigarette smoke is to nonsmokers, many Christians just don’t realize how Christian symbols bother non-Christians. They think it’s all an act just to be spiteful and nasty. So fearing nastiness in others, they become that which they fear. Religion does not save them from fear, religion heightens it.

  4. JoeBuddha says

    Posted elsewhere but needs reposting: These folx are getting CRAZY scary. I’m hoping that she has some kind of protection. The mob is getting totally unhinged, and I don’t know how long it’ll be until someone does something totally stupid.

  5. ScottS says

    It always cracks me up when people say something stupid like “…secularism eroding the fabric of America”. It just shows how little people like that understand American history.

    Attention David Bradley:
    America was founded as a secular nation. America has always been a secular nation. And, despite the attempts to instill religion into our nation, it is STILL a secular nation. Read a history book.

    • MikeMa says

      ScotS,
      Many of he comments at the Providence Journal claim the christian nation lie. If your foundation is a lie, your whole world can be knocked over by a breeze… or a 16 year old girl. Alquist has weathered the situation well. I hope she continues to do great things in the future.

  6. San Ban says

    I don’t really think most religious anti-secularists understand that church-state separation protects THEM! Most atheists I know don’t give a damn about embrace of religious symbols. It’s the minority religionists that get highly incensed when majority religios try to exercise hegemonic control over public spaces. Of course, many hope to be that majority religion someday, and that’s why they despise secularists so much!

  7. says

    Just as cigarette smokers don’t realize how upsetting cigarette smoke is to nonsmokers, many Christians just don’t realize how Christian symbols bother non-Christians. They think it’s all an act just to be spiteful and nasty. So fearing nastiness in others, they become that which they fear. Religion does not save them from fear, religion heightens it.

    Frankly the symbols don’t’ bother me at all…it’s knowing their being pushed into the public square by people who who want to marginalize me that bug me.

    Merry Christmas from strangers isn’t friendly anymore, it’s a slur.

  8. says

    It may have been different had the protester been a man for surely the Bible makes it clear that women should leave thinking to the men folk. As an atheist I find it shocking women would embrace such an attitude toward women. Do women really want to live in an eternity where they are subject to the rule of men? Apparently some women do.

    • snarkmatter says

      It is true and pathetic. I noticed this trend growing up in the south and had a hard time figuring it out. It wasn’t until a buddy of mine, who went to bible college to be a youth minister, got married that I realized what was going on. This kind of “man is head of the household” mentality is presented for all circumstances and quickly becomes “man is dominant over all.” This is taught in the church and churches are ubiquitous and dominating in the south.

      In sum, they’ve been brainwashed to want this fucked up in-balance.

  9. says

    You know, the banner could easily have been replaced with the following that conveys the same (ignored) sentiments:

    Let us each day the desire to do our best. To grow mentally and morally as well as physically. To be kind and helpful to our classmates and teachers. To be honest with ourselves as well as with others. Let us be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win. Let us learn the value of friendship. Let us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West.

    [You can see original here.]

    It really doesn’t need any God-stuff in it.

    But I suspect such a suggestion would annoy David (and the rest) even more.

    • MikeMa says

      @ahcuah
      In fact that compromise was offered to the school and they rejected it in favor of christian hegemony. They lost. Again.

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