Jessica Ahlquist featured in PBS show on Constitution

Constitution USAAt 9pm on Thursday evening, May 16th, the second episode of Constitution USA with Peter Sagal will premiere on channel 36, Rhode Island’s PBS affiliate. This episode prominently features the Cranston West Prayer Banner case and interviews both Jessica Ahlquist (my niece), the high school student who successfully had the banner removed, and David Bradley, the man who was the student in 1963 who wrote the prayer.

The show also features footage shot by yours truly during the Cranston School Committee meetings held to discuss the prayer banner.

If you don’t want to wait, you can watch the show right here.

Watch It’s a Free Country on PBS. See more from Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.

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Steve Ahlquist is an award-winning journalist, writer, artist and founding member of the Humanists of Rhode Island, a non-profit group dedicated to reason, compassion, optimism, courage and action. The views expressed are his own and not necessarily those of any organization of which he is a member.

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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

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"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

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