Saturday, October 15, 2011

RI Student, 16, Confident in Prayer Mural Lawsuit; Atheist Wants Mural Removed from High School

A 16-year-old atheist -- who wants a prayer mural removed from the auditorium of her Rhode Island high school -- said Thursday (October 13, 2011) that she is confident that the law is on her side, according to the Associated Press website.

Jessica Ahlquist -- a junior at Cranston High School West -- said her side is "very strong" after attorneys for her and the city of Cranston made their case to Senior Judge Ronald Lagueux in U.S. District Court in Providence. Lagueux took the case under advisement.

Ahlquist sued in federal court last April, saying the mural is offensive to non-Christians. She is represented by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Ahlquist's lawyer, Lynette Labinger, said the mural runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

1 comment:

  1. It's hard to respond appropriately to this article without knowing what the mural says. My instinct tells me that it is unfortunate that time/money is being wasted on going to court for this when more important issues are out there.