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Jessica Ahlquist Receives Scholarship from the American Humanist Association

Jessica Ahlquist Receives Scholarship from the American Humanist Association

Jessica Ahlquist, of Rhode Island, was the sixteen-year-old teenager who challenged the Constitutionality of a banner at her school, receiving a lot of harassmentonline threats, and denial of services for doing so.  The banner, at Cranston High School West, contained the phrases "Our Heavenly Father" and "Amen."  She won the lawsuit and the school decided not to appeal, after a meeting at the school.

During the Reason Rally, in Washington D. C., the American Humanist Association (AHA) gave Ahlquist a $63,000 scholarship, which she accepted.  Ahlquist also gave a brief speech at the Reason Rally, which is now considered the largest gathering of atheists in history.

Ahlquist's speech:

Hemant Mehta, the Friendly Atheist, started the scholarship campaign.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
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