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MilitantNonStampCollector's Avatar Comment 1 by MilitantNonStampCollector

Her maturity and intelligence is an inspiration.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:05:13 UTC | #922107

yanquetino's Avatar Comment 2 by yanquetino

I am soooo proud of Jessica! What an amazing young lady. I wish I'd had such courage and integrity at her age.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:08:39 UTC | #922108

Layla's Avatar Comment 3 by Layla

Who is she and what did she do to get all this abuse?

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:16:26 UTC | #922111

Svenne's Avatar Comment 4 by Svenne

As the guy who linked to this on Reddit I'm very happy to see it being shared more. The guy who uploaded it has a TON of great clips, like an interview with Andy Rooney (CBS 60 minutes) who it looks like, was an atheist. Well he has a lot of great clips but sadly not so many viewers or subscribers. He's definitely in my top 2 Atheist uploaders on Youtube.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:18:49 UTC | #922112

Svenne's Avatar Comment 5 by Svenne

Comment 3 by Layla :

Who is she and what did she do to get all this abuse?

She objected to her school banner because it was religious and therefore a breach of secular State law. The banner actually says something about being good sport even though you've just lost. Well, this time the opposing team lost and instead of being good sport they're giving out death threats. Oh the irony.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:21:26 UTC | #922115

aquilacane's Avatar Comment 6 by aquilacane

Comment 4 by Svenne Provide links to these tons more and you'll get more tonnage.

Richard, you need to start spending a lot of time with this girl. This is your youth leader. She will bring them out from their families, friends and communities. Empty the closets. They'll want to be evil little things. I want to be an evil little thing and I've never wanted to be a part of anything.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:32:04 UTC | #922118

Peter Grant's Avatar Comment 7 by Peter Grant

Jessica "Evil Little Thing" Ahlquist on CNN


Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:49:39 UTC | #922126

rationalmind's Avatar Comment 8 by rationalmind

It is hard to remember that the young woman in that video is only sixteen years old. She has a maturity and intelligence far beyond her years. She is certainly more mature than the politician who called her evil. Keep up the good work Jessica!

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:59:15 UTC | #922132

Rich Wiltshir's Avatar Comment 9 by Rich Wiltshir

We need more 'evil little things'

With the qualities she's showing at age 16 is this a future US President: she's certainly a stronger candidate that GWB.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:59:30 UTC | #922133

Zeuglodon's Avatar Comment 10 by Zeuglodon

Evil Little Thing sounds more like a tease than a condemnation. Bravo, Miss Ahlquist, for your bravery and sense of humour! To win without name calling is the acme of skill.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:01:20 UTC | #922135

gordon's Avatar Comment 11 by gordon

Marvelous young person!

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:01:42 UTC | #922136

BasilBaker's Avatar Comment 12 by BasilBaker

Death threats from Christians?! Why are we fighting the Taliban overseas when they are clearly attending PTA meetings?

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:10:56 UTC | #922138

78rpm's Avatar Comment 13 by 78rpm

Christians are evil BIG things.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:33:55 UTC | #922144

Capt. Bloodeye's Avatar Comment 14 by Capt. Bloodeye

Bravo! What a splendid individual.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:50:49 UTC | #922146

huzonfurst's Avatar Comment 15 by huzonfurst

Hard to believe such an articulate young woman is only sixteen. I'd wear the t-shirt except at my age and size the message would be lost in the ensuing laughter.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:57:33 UTC | #922147

BasilBaker's Avatar Comment 16 by BasilBaker

So, in my imaginary conversation with one of the parents of a child attending school with Jessica, I see myself saying: "Ok, you really dislike what she has to say. You hate it. Why not call her an idiot at the top of your lungs and be done with it. But kill her? Wishing her to die? So you don't have to hear her anymore? SHAME ON YOU!"

This is from now on my personal rallying cry against the darkness of irrationality: "SHAME ON YOU!

This is a simple sound byte; yet it is a forceful riposte with undeniable meaning. Please pass it on, please blog it, please post it, please ReTweet it, please proclaim it in any forum where you encounter imbecility, and more importantly, reprehensibility.

"SHAME ON YOU" - has a wonderful ring to it, don't you think?

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:03:40 UTC | #922149

huzonfurst's Avatar Comment 17 by huzonfurst

@16, Harry Truman made a speech in his home state of Missouri once where he said the exact same thing to any Klansmen in the audience.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:26:37 UTC | #922159

BowDownToGizmo's Avatar Comment 18 by BowDownToGizmo

Comment 13 by 78rpm :

Christians are evil BIG things.

No they are not.

Are you deliberately trying to fall afoul of the same mistakes that caused the 'evil little thing' backlash? Don't drop to the level of the cretin who said those words please?

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:32:03 UTC | #922161

Jumped Up Chimpanzee's Avatar Comment 19 by Jumped Up Chimpanzee

Bravo, Jessica!

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:43:56 UTC | #922165

Hellboy2's Avatar Comment 20 by Hellboy2

Good for you Jessica!

And through sites like this, you have support from people in many other countries.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:52:39 UTC | #922170

Helga Vieirch's Avatar Comment 21 by Helga Vieirch

Occupy Movements think so too. "Shame on you!", "shame on you!", "shame on you!". There is also "there is no honour in this!".

In fact, concepts of shame and honour have a powerful effect on human behaviour. We respond to these concepts because they lie close to the heart of the personal values and ideals we consider sacred (and by sacred I do not mean holy).

Now the question is, how to permit children true religious freedom, indeed, freedom from any mandated religious belief at all? How to convince people that this is an honourable or, even, a sacred freedom?

Will we ever see the day, when it will be shameful to ask anyone about their personal beliefs?

Wouldn't it be lovely if it were dishonourable to bring personal religious ideas into public forums? When Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney would be as censured for trumpeting biblical references as they would be if they had peppered their speeches with references to tarot card readings or throwing bones?

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 19:59:50 UTC | #922171

Mrkimbo's Avatar Comment 22 by Mrkimbo

Strewth! Sixteen! When I was sixteen I scarcely knew I was alive, and I didn't have the guts to say 'boo!" to a goose, let alone piss off morons by the shed-load.

Fantastic, Jessica!

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:10:59 UTC | #922179

HardNosedSkeptic's Avatar Comment 23 by HardNosedSkeptic

I can’t believe she’s actually received death threats! What is going on in the mind of someone who threatens to kill a sixteen year old girl for asking for a prayer to be removed from a wall, even if they don’t mean it?

I very much admire the courage and dignity of this remarkable young woman.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:15:48 UTC | #922182

aroundtown's Avatar Comment 24 by aroundtown

Jessica is taking the steps that bring about true change. The Southern States in American didn't just roll-over and start a new type of thinking overnight, it was messy and the courts became involved to afford relief from the intolerable suffering that folk perpetrated on their fellow man just because of skin color but in time things change when they are confronted. Jessica confronted the banner crud and the town is upset but they will get over it on way or another but the banner is not coming back. Small steps in the right direction can achieve results. She really is quite inspirational and I share the same awe as others here in that I can't even remember much of the sixteen condition. I think she will be a very helpful person to many in questioning this type of stuff.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:26:09 UTC | #922183

Steve Zara's Avatar Comment 25 by Steve Zara

She is very, very impressive. Brave, intelligent, mature and with a wisdom beyond her years. She is vastly braver than I would imagine being in her position.

She needs to be given all the support and publicity we can give her. Although she should be free to choose whatever future she wants, I really do hope she becomes an advocate of atheism and reason. I have contributed funds to her, and consider it an honour to do so.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:28:30 UTC | #922184

BasilBaker's Avatar Comment 26 by BasilBaker

@Helga "Now the question is, how to permit children true religious freedom, indeed, freedom from any mandated religious belief at all? How to convince people that this is an honourable or, even, a sacred freedom?"

Perhaps religion and freedom are diametrically opposed concepts. Sure, you have "freedom of religion" but all it really means is having the freedom to believe things that are simply not true. If scientific knowledge is that troubling to you, knock yourself out with ignorance. Hope your children don't need jobs that require them to think critically. Of course, you can always just have faith that things will work out.

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:40:44 UTC | #922185

Quine's Avatar Comment 27 by Quine

Come show your support for Jessica at the Reason Rally!

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:47:53 UTC | #922186

Metamag's Avatar Comment 28 by Metamag

Rhode Island must be a tiny slice of Taliban heaven. Rape and death threats towards a 16 year old who reminded that law is being broken?

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 20:52:59 UTC | #922188

bmaiden12's Avatar Comment 29 by bmaiden12

How mature, composed, and eloquent! And meanwhile, she has to put up with adults who pathetically behave like belligerent children. What is wrong with this picture?

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:26:21 UTC | #922203

robzzrob's Avatar Comment 30 by robzzrob

Wish I had a tenth of the bravery of that wonderful girl!!

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:02:25 UTC | #922217