Jessica ahlquist, rhode Island student, confident her side is ‘very strong’ in school prayer mural suit
Jessica Ahlquist said her side is “very strong” after attorneys for her and the city of Cranston made their case to Senior Judge Ronald R. Lagueux in U.S. District Court in Providence. Ahlquist believes the mural should be taken down.
Ahlquist sued in federal court in April, saying the mural is offensive to non-Christians. Ahlquist has been an atheist since age 10. She is represented by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The prayer was written by student David Bradley, now 64. Cavanagh said the prayer hasn’t been recited in the school since 1962 and that there was no history of complaints about the mural. He said the prayer was written in the course of developing other traditions at the school, including a mascot, creed and school colors.
Cavanagh argued that Ahlquist made public statements claiming she was not offended by the prayer. Labinger countered that Ahlquist made those statements to defend herself from bullying, intimidation and harassment she experienced because of her opposition to the mural.
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