Teen Atheist Wins Battle To Have "Heavenly Father" Banner Removed From School

Posted by Brian
The mural which offends Jessica Ahlquist
The "tolerance" of the left knows no bounds.  Because this young lady, an atheist, doesn't want to "look" at a banner that has hung in the school for nearly fifty years, it is being removed. The school has decided not to challenge a judge's decision, as they don't have the money to fight a deep pocketed ACLU and Freedom From Religion organization in court. The offending words on the banner? "Our Heavenly Father" and "Amen".
At least we know that this young lady has got a first-rate knowledge of history and the U.S. Constitution from her public school education, as she states, "Our country was founded as a secular state" and "that means separation of church and state."  Uh, right.  The Founding Fathers avoided any discussion of "God" or "religion" in the context of church and state:
From Wall Builders:

Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Robert Treat Paine  
Signer of the Declaration of Independence 
I desire to bless and praise the name of God most high for appointing me my birth in a land of Gospel Light where the glorious tidings of a Savior and of pardon and salvation through Him have been continually sounding in mine ears.  
Robert Treat Paine, The Papers of Robert Treat Paine, Stephen Riley and Edward Hanson, editors (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1992), Vol. I, p. 48, March/April, 1749.

George Washington's original General Orders:  
February 26, 1776  
All Officers, non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers are positively forbid[den from] playing at Cards, and other Games of Chance. At this time of public distress, men may find enough to do in the service of God and their country without abandoning themselves to vice and immorality.

John Adams 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Second President of the United States  
[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue.

These are but a few of hundreds, if not thousands, of quotes and documents that show a clear relationship between the Founding Fathers and religion. Some were more religious that others, but the general attitude of these men were that free men be allowed to practice, or not practice, their beliefs without interference from the government. Or that the Federal Government not be allowed to establish an official state church.

This poor girl has obviously been taught that even having to look at the words "Heavenly Father" in a public setting is unconstitutional because it offends her. Oh, and her comment about the "separation of church and state"? I dare anyone to show me anywhere in the Constitution where it this is stated. And don't give me some "emanations and penumbra's" argument.  The beauty of our founding fathers is that they wrote things in plain english. It is only leftists and statists who can take "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." and twist is into "I shouldn't have to look at a banner with religious words hanging in the gym of my school because that is "establishing" religion on public property.  Even more disturbing is the judge who agreed!

Atheist Teen Tears Down Decades of Tradition 
MRCTVone Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 6:00am

“I’m an Atheist, and I don’t believe in the Heavenly Father, so I shouldn’t have to look at it,” Ahlquist said. “Our country was founded as a secular state…that means separation of church and state…and schools.”

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