November 13, 2012

Teen activist emerges as an atheist hero at Skepticon

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Jessica Ahlquist, a 17-year-old atheist, shares her story at Skepticon, a national skeptics convention held in Springfield, Mo. Ahlquist won a lawsuit against her high school in January after it refused to take down a Christian prayer poster. Although criticized in her hometown community, she is seen as a hero in the atheist community.  RNS photo by Kellie Kotraba/Columbia Faith and Values

Jessica Ahlquist, a 17-year-old atheist, shares her story at Skepticon, a national skeptics convention held in Springfield, Mo. Ahlquist won a lawsuit against her high school in January after it refused to take down a Christian prayer poster. Although criticized in her hometown community, she is seen as a hero in the atheist community. RNS photo by Kellie Kotraba/Columbia Faith and Values

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (RNS) In her hometown of Cranston, R.I., Jessica Ahlquist earned quite a reputation: Witch. Nazi. Satanist. But in the atheist community, the 17-year-old is a celebrity. A hero. By Kellie Kotraba.

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