Jessica Ahlquist put her immaturity on display for all to see. I have not read the forty-page opinion of U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux. But it undoubtedly gives a pat on the head to a young woman who lacks maturity and a basic understanding of her responsibility to reside comfortably in society.
In the last twenty-four hours I have had conversations with Jewish, Christian and also Muslim friends. I have had friendships with atheists in the past. My criteria for inclusion of such people within my circle of friends is because of their own maturity and intellect. It is because of the immense enjoyment of their companionship in my life.
Jessica Ahlquist claims she feels excluded and ostracized because of a mural on the high school wall. It is written in the format of a prayer. Yet it encourages basic universal values which bring cohesion to society. Ms. Ahlquist would be happy for a society which disintegrates around her own clay feet. Her own belief system is rooted in a theology of denial. That denial extends to her common neighbor. And her denial brings destruction to a high school tradition.
We all have feet of clay. And that innate understanding that we are finite and infinitely flawed is why honesty, kindness, friendship, and sportsmanship are mentioned as character traits to be valued by all citizens.
Here is the challenge for Ms. Ahlquist. What will she blame for her sense of societal isolation when she is out of the guppy tank of high school and swimming in an ocean of sharks with the rest of us? She lacks maturity. She has found an object to blame for her personal hang-ups.
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