Rhode Island Christians schedule county-wide prayer rally over removal of prayer banner at Cranston High School
On January 22, 2012 At 9:13 pm
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The Cheraw Chronicle reports that "the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) may have won the battle over religious practices in public schools last week, but the crusades continue." The uproar is over a federal court ruling ruling that a banner at Cranston High School West's auditorium titled "School Prayer" and addressing "Our Heavenly Father" is unconstitutional. The ACLU, and its 16-year-old plaintiff, Jessica Ahlquist, won the suit and the Chesterfield County School Board agreed to a settlement wherein they would honor the separation of church and state. Since then, Ahlquist was called "an evil little thing" by a State representative and had been receiving threats. When the Freedom From Religion Foundation tried to send Ahlquist flowers, four Rhode Island florists refused to deliver flowers to her.
On January 29, there will be a county-wide prayer rally held at the Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School for the county’s students, teachers and administrators. The Chronicle reports that students have been taking their bibles to school to protest the federal court ruling. Their parents have reportedly been lauding them as "brave" for doing so, even though there is no law that prohibits students for having bibles at school.
Parents and members of the community attending a meeting about appealing the court decision were so emotional that the school superintendent told them to calm down and set a better example for the students.