Jessica Ahlquist, that evil little thing, is set to become a little more evil after being awarded this year’s Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. The Providence Journal has an article and the comment section is predictably filled with presumptuous and vile rhetoric from those who objected to her lawsuit. Especially by some asshole named Thomas Fournier, who apparently thinks this means Jessica is going to pose for Playboy:
Rhinoplasty, hip reduction, breast enlargement, don’t worry Hugh Obamacare will pay for it.
Oh how terribly clever and funny of you. Then he leaves this comment, which makes no sense at all:
Lets look at the facts.
From what I have heard she didn’t know the banner existed until it was pointed out to her. Of course we will never learn the truth. Since the country was not communist 60 years ago by the decency of any society the prayer should have been Grandfathered In. But of course communist do not respect anyones beliefs that they do not agree with their Satanic course
I guess those are what passes for “facts” in his world. And this comment from Jim Hackett is rather ironic:
Here is the text of the banner. If you have a problem with this, you definitely have problems.
Our Heavenly Father,
Grant 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,
Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win,
Teach us the value of true friendship,
Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West.
The ones who really had problems with it were those who showered Jessica and her family with hate mail and threats, proving that they don’t really believe in the substance of the mural. They only care about its use as a bludgeon to beat non-Christians with.
And this, from Deb Larsen:
This is a commentary on how intolerant our society has become. It used to be that we were taught to respect others and their beliefs and that we do not have to agree nor disagree with each other. We could find a way to co-exist. Today the sight of anything that one finds offensive sends people into a state of lawsuits! If she felt so strongly about the poem maybe she should have moved to another school district that did not have such an offensive tone. Why must all citizens be punished because one person was not taught to be tolerant of others and to respect them. That poem could have been seen as inspirational by others not because of it’s content alone but by the fact that a former student had written it and it was a part of the history of the school. The making of profit due to an at best flawed or manipulative character is a disgrace and not a lesson that our children should be taught.
Yeah. Anyone wanna take bets on how long it would take this person to go from “OMG, how intolerant” to “terrorist!” if that mural had been addressed to Allah instead? And for crying out loud, no one is being “punished” by the removal of the banner. This is just a hornet’s nest of stupidity.