Teen atheist’s ACLU-led fight against prayer mural to cost RI city at least $173,000

Many Cranston, Rhode Island, citizens likely found themselves frustrated over 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist’s successful crusade against a prayer banner in her high school. Others, of course, supported her efforts, the Blaze reports. But following the educational and theological debate surrounding the mural’s presence, there’s a new point of contention to debate over–the weighty cost of the legal battle she launched. As we’ve reported, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux ruled in Ahlquist’s favor last month. While the district hasn’t yet decided whether it will appeal, the current decision requires the mural to come down and the district to pay for the teenager’s legal feels. According to the final tally, the city of Cranston is being asked to dole out $173,000 in legal fees. This, of course, is on top of the costs the district incurred in both staff and legal fees for its own defense…

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Student sues school to remove prayer banner, says her case is ‘very strong’

A 16-year-old atheist said Thursday she is confident the law is on her side in her fight over a prayer mural that she wants removed from the auditorium of her high school, the Associated Press reports. 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.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Ahlquist, a junior at Cranston High School West…

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