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[Jessica Alquist – 16 Year Old Atheist – Death Threats]
[María de la Soledad Teresa O’Brien (September 19, 1966)]
So what I have read is that when your mom got sick and you were praying for her to get better, you realized that those prayers weren’t actually working. Is that the right way to put it and you felt like, well, then, clearly there’s nothing in this? Is that appropriate to say?
[Jessica Ahlquist (1995)] Source: LYBIO.net
Not — not only the fact that my prayers weren’t being answered, but because I was praying, you know, I was thinking more about it, I was thinking do I really need God’s assistance? I bet other people probably need it more than I do, more than my family does. So how come he isn’t helping them either?
And it just kind of brought all of these questions to mind. And in the end I decided he must not exist.
We were just showing some pictures of angry parents who were, you know, very loudly talking about the “Pledge of Allegiance” and then saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” in this meeting that clearly became very, you know, full of anger.
What do you make of the hostility that’s come out around this? You’ve gotten death threats, is that correct?
It’s been really difficult, obviously, just to constantly have this feeling of hatred towards me in my community. The meeting itself was difficult, but it’s kind of what’s been going on for a long time now.
And, you know, I think I’m ready for it at this point. But you never really get used to hearing about how bad you are, really. It always hurts. And the death threats obviously have always hurt my feelings.
I just kind of gotten to a point to where I can cope with it. It’s not so much that I’m, you know, OK with it happening but I’m able to cope with it now.
There’s a Congress person, State Rep who — Peter Palumbo and he said this about you. He said you are an evil little thing. And you’ve had to have a police escort take you to school. Have you responded to him?
I haven’t responded to him directly, but the response so far of that comment has — it’s almost a bit of a mockery. I feel it’s immature and inappropriate for a state representative who represents me also, by the way, to be calling me something as petty as an evil, little thing.
And so while it does kind of hurt a bit, we’ve kind of turned it into a joke.
[Soledad O’Brien] Source: LYBIO.net
I’ve heard about that.
And I —
You have a friend who is now co-opted the phrase. I heard you’ve trademarked that, evil little thing, right, and turn it into T-shirts that is selling that you can help fund your college education. Is that right?
That is right. There’s a website where people have been purchasing the t-shirts. And I’ve seen lots of people at the meeting wore them and people take pictures of themselves wearing them and post them to Facebook so I can see. And I think it’s really cute.
And in a lot of ways I think his little comment has kind of backfired, because now we’re using it as a positive thing. You know, it’s almost a way of saying that people stand with me.
Jessica Ahlquist, you are the recipient of more than $40,000 in scholarship money as well. Are you going to be a lawyer when you grow up?
I don’t think so.
Maybe too much of the lawyer is on that. Jessica, thanks for talking with us this morning. We appreciate your time.
I think the banner is going to come down next week. Am I right about that?
I don’t know yet, but it will be down shortly, I assume.
[Soledad O’Brien] Source: LYBIO.net
The banner is still hanging in the school. Thanks, Jessica. Appreciate it.
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