Got up and checked out the paper: My niece Jessica was on the front page again. But this time, it was different. The paper was running a series of articles, five in all by my count, that were basically in support of Jessica and the ruling in her favor by Judge Lagueux. Check out:
Still a lively experiment
Religion still has a place in schools, says scholar
Mural at Bain removed without fanfare last year
Ex-prayer-mural supporter now advocates removing religious words
Timeline: The school prayer at Cranston West
Judge details how, why he ruled
Also, in a feature called "IN QUOTES THE WEEK THAT WAS" the Providence Journal ran the following:
“Not once in my four years have we been forced to read or say the prayer. Please consider appealing the decision to take down the prayer. … If we’re gonna go down, let’s go down fighting.”
Cranston West Student Council President Patrick McAssey, addressing the School Committee about the controversial prayer banner in his school.
I note this because Patrick McAssey is the student who emailed me and asked me to remove the video of his statement to the Cranston School Committee from last Tuesday night, claiming that his statements were for the School Board only and that as a minor he thought his comments should not be put on YouTube for all to see. I disagreed with his logic, but removed the video because he is a minor and I didn't want to link him forever to words he might regret. But this quote in the newspaper is making me rethink my decision.
Why should I protect someone who makes public comments in a public forum, regardless of their age?
Given the potential for a sudden swing in support for Jessica's position, I've organized a Facebook event to get people out to the next School Committee meeting this coming Wednesday. Here's the link:
I'm hoping to get at least a hundred people to attend.
Meanwhile, Jessica was in Alabama, giving this excellent talk about her experiences: