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Official state bigotry falls to righteous R.I. teen

Applause for the Rhode Island Supreme Court decision in favor of First Amendment Rights over Cranston, R.I. School Committee's moral and statutory weakness.

I read with chagrin R.I. and Cranston's official and possibly libelous attacks of slander and legal jeopardy against an innocent, but not helpless, 16 yr. old girl for wanting removed an officially sanctioned and religiously skewed mural placed in  her Cranston  public school.  Thank goodness her brave parents, the ACLU and the R.I. Supreme Courts came to her rescue.  I suppose, after almost 300 years, R.I. citizens have forgotten that  Massachusetts Bay Christian minister Roger Williams, who had been evicted in 1635, founded the haven of Rhode Island to ensure seperation of religion and state.  I am sure if he was around today he would be very pleased both with Ms. Ahlquist's staunch bravery and her patriotic conviction for and in our U.S. First Ammendment rights and of Rhode Island's Supreme Court for its just wisdom.

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Melanie Scalera November 14, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Actually, I should say anti-christian agenda. Atheists don't give a crap. These people are so against anything Christian, they are anti-christians.
Small Change November 15, 2012 at 01:59 PM
PLEASE- let us not go here again. Otherwise we will once again attract that crew of vicious out of state atheists- some of the most rotten people I have ever encountered, with their mocking talk of 'sky-fairies' and 'zombie christ', taking pride in their hypocrisy that ridiculing other people's religious beliefs is somehow championing religious tolerance. Whatever you may care to say about the banner, 'bigotry' is simply ridiculous. It was always meant to be well-intentioned and positive, and never had the slightest intent of discriminating against or hurting anyone.
Melanie Scalera November 15, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Definitely agree! Why was this story even published on here? There is definitely some atheistic/anti-christian thing going on with Cranston Patch; it had went away for awhile, now it's apparently back. Remember all the "best of comments" from months back? Almost every single one of them was anti-christ comments.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Melanie, this is a blog post a user submitted. I approved it like I approve all blog posts that aren't purely spam. You're welcome to start a blog here and write about anything you want. Trust me, the last thing I was thinking about when this came in was the prayer banner.
Small Change November 15, 2012 at 06:03 PM
=Trust me, the last thing I was thinking about when this came in was the prayer banner.= Precisely the point. Where did this come from? It appears that someone has not been getting their name in the paper quite as much as they might want recently, which most assume was what this was all about originally anyway. If, by some odd chance, this blog represents someone actually coming across the situation for the first time, (this being apparently his first post on The Patch), we can refer him to the archives where the whole mess was beaten to death MANY times over, a LONG time ago.
Joe The Plumber November 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
In keeping with the spirit of the Christmas Holiday Season we will once again witness the migration of the atheist denizens to the Cranston Patch where they spread their strangely disturbed version of holiday joy.
Bill Santagata November 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM
With all due respect I find it to be a poor decision to publish this. First, spelling errors aside, it says nothing of substance and what little it does say regards a story that is now almost a year old. Also, it bears mentioning that the banner violated the United States Constitution and was therefore litigated in United States District Court, not before the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
Robin Lionheart November 16, 2012 at 06:17 PM
No, Joe. By making a Christian prayer their official school prayer, _Cranston High Wes_ violated “religious freedom of choice”, telling students how to pray and who to pray to. Jessica Ahlquist and the ACLU stood up for our religious liberty against that violation, while the school fought against our Constitution to continue their religious favoritism. Roger Williams would’ve considered Cranston’s imposition of Christianity to be in conflict the principles of Christianity and of civility, and would have opposed the persecution of the Ahlquists.
Robin Lionheart November 16, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Could we at least wait until after Thanksgiving before we start calling it the “Christmas Season”? Geez.
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Yeah, they should wait until after Thanksgiving; I will agree with you on that. However, not sure if Joe is actually calling now Christmas Season.
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 04:50 PM
How could you say the prayer banner was the last thing you where thinking....COME ON!!! That's EXACTLY what it's about!
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Now we got the out-of -stater Robin at it again. Too bad CHSW NEVER made that girl or anyone else pray! WTF? If you are gonna butt in to something that you should not even be involved in, GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. You look like mamaluke coming in here with false facts!
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 04:54 PM
It also might be sort of spam. Clearly, this reject who wrote it is just trying to stir up trouble about something that happened over a year ago. That family just feels like their attention is gone. How much did that girl and her family pay him to write this again?
Robin Lionheart November 17, 2012 at 06:47 PM
@Melanie Seems like you “look like mamaluke” since you just told a falsehood, when you claimed “CHSW NEVER made that girl or anyone else pray”. False. Actually, in Ahlquist v. Cranston, a teacher testified that they did lead students to recite their School Prayer in the 1960s. Furthermore, its author recounted that he was asked by the administration to write it as a replacement for daily recitations of the Lord’s Prayer after the Pledge of Allegiance. You should get _your_ facts straight and not make up things you don’t know, gabbadotz.
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
NO, you dike, YOU are the MORON. Don't use words when you don't know what they mean OR you can't make sense. I don't give a rats ass on what some LOSER such as yourself from another state thinks. You are worthless, so go away. And, I'm sorry, that girl is younger than me; I wasn't aware that she was a member of Twilight and lived in the 1960s.
Robin Lionheart November 17, 2012 at 07:16 PM
@Small Change: That's silly, clearly Christ was not a zombie, he was a lich! http://bit.ly/TQdV7e No matter how well-intended, their illegal School Prayer discriminated against non-Christian students. And merely asking the school to stop showing religious favoritism brought out a disgraceful display of seething bigotry from a generation of Cranston citizens raised beneath that eight-foot banner. I do champion religious tolerance and freedom from bigotry. But you can tolerate Christians without undeservedly respecting Christianity.
Robin Lionheart November 17, 2012 at 07:27 PM
@Melanie I do know what those words mean, but your ungrammatical phrase “You look like mamaluke” makes me wonder if you do.
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
There is a difference between a typing error and a grammar error-but clearly, you are too blind to see that. Leave it up to an atheist bigot to only see what they want to see. Just like you know so much about a school in a state that you are hundreds of miles away from. You are just a punk-the only reason why you are here is that you get a laugh out of angering people. Have fun hiding behind your computer, thinking you actually have a say in what goes on in my city. If you come on here getting involved in another states issues; anyone has a right to say anything they want to you. You come on here insulting people; yeah, I don't think so.
Robin Lionheart November 17, 2012 at 09:17 PM
@Melanie “You come on here insulting people; yeah, I don't think so.” In the past couple hours here, you’ve called me a “mamaluke”, a “dike”, a “MORON”, a “LOSER”, a “punk”, and “worthless”, while I have treated you with far more civility than you have me. And _you_ would fault me for insulting people? “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” — Jesus
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
You seriously are going quote Jesus, someone whom YOU think DOES NOT EXIST. Really??? Yeah, so who's the hypocrite---need I say more? And, YEAH, I did say those things to you-after I remember all of the things you have said to insult me and the other people from RI on here. Hey, you deserve it. I will not stand for some douche to come on our site and insult/cause trouble.
Robin Lionheart November 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM
@Melanie Yes, I will seriously quote Jesus, because you respect him and he would not approve of your behavior here. Words of wisdom remain quoteworthy even when spoken by a mythical figure. “I remember all of the things you have said to insult me”. I too remember both: I called you an hardheaded hypocrite. But you insulted my intelligence, demeaned my worth as a human being, and called me the hateful slur “dyke”.
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM
YOU do not have any say in what Jesus does and does not approve on. You are a JOKE to even insinuate that you know. BAHAHAHAHA. And I can't insult (your) intelligence when there is a lack thereof. Next time, mention what you have said to other people, and what you have called something we believe in. As said, you are anti-christian and take pleasure in being an insulting jerk. You are extremely pathetic. Remember what a waste of space and use of oxygen on this planet you are as you go to sleep tonight.
Small Change November 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
It's rather amusing - when I wrote this- =Otherwise we will once again attract that crew of vicious out of state atheists- some of the most rotten people I have ever encountered, with their mocking talk of 'sky-fairies' and 'zombie christ', taking pride in their hypocrisy that ridiculing other people's religious beliefs is somehow championing religious tolerance.= I was picturing Robin or her nasty little friend Paul suddenly materializing out of nowhere like Maynard G Krebs on the old Dobie Gillis show and saying 'You rang?' And sure enough. She did not disappoint. Please don't feed the trolls, as this 'blog' was clearly intended to do from the start.
Melanie Scalera November 17, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Small Change---Lol, so true. Thank you for making me laugh. Better than being angry, for sure. Lol.
10speed November 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Melanie... Hmmm "had went" ???? not sure exactly what that term is.
Melanie Scalera November 18, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Interesting that you would think I am paying that much attention to perfect grammar while arguing with useless anti-christian atheists. I could see if I made a major error. If that is all you have to say about this topic, you probably should not even be posting. Although, your comment was more useful than the lion bigot. NEXT.......
Joe The Plumber November 18, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Hey everybody!!!! I Robin LionsAss again. She hibernates all year and only comes out during the Christian Holidays to spread her special brand of angry militant atheist insults and rhetoric. Welcome back LionsAss, you scumbag!
Small Change November 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
(Personal note to JTP..................... yer not helping.) This has always been my problem in the banner controversy, and I suspect a problem for the vast 'reasoned majority' who increasingly find ourselves with nowhere to turn in this country, caught between two camps of radicals. Whenever I hear either side 'argue' (using the term loosely) the matter, I can't help but root for the other.
Robin Lionheart November 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
@Small Change writes “Whenever I hear either side 'argue' (using the term loosely) the matter, I can't help but root for the other.” No side to root for anymore; this controversy has been settled since January. The district court upheld the First Amendment. Cranston paid $150,000 and removed the School Prayer mural. It’s over.
Small Change November 18, 2012 at 06:05 PM
=No side to root for anymore; this controversy has been settled since January.= Fully agree that it has been settled. The law is what the highest court making a decision says it is. If The court feels that the Constitution does not say what the words mean, then that becomes the law. However, one can argue that a law is wrong. For many years our laws decided that slavery was legal, at least in certain states. Fortunately, some people did not believe that there was nothing further to discuss, as it 'already had been settled.'

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