Yet another example of religious intolerance.

Florist shops in Cranston refused to deliver flowers to 16 year old Jessica Ahlquist for being an atheist after she won the case for taking the prayer banner down from Cranston West High School. She won it because it is unconstitutional to have religious banners in public high schools.

So what exactly happened this time?

Markert lays out the facts, noting that on Tuesday, FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor, wishing to send a bouquet of roses to congratulate Jessica, contacted a shop based in Madison, Wis., to assist with the delivery. FFRF understands at least three florists in Cranston were contacted on Wednesday.

Floral Express, in Cranston, on Wednesday messaged the Madison shop via Dove Network, an electronic order service, that it was “closed on the requested delivery day” (which was the same day) and “. . . I am not able to fill this.”

• At 2:12 p.m. Wedneday, the Madison florist was contacted by Twins Florist, refusing the order via Dove Network message: “I will not deliver to this person.”

• Then Flowers by Santilli in Cranston was contacted by phone. The owner, upon hearing the name of the recipient, said he would rather not get involved and refused to fill the order.

• Seeking to go outside Cranston, the Madison flower firm on Wednesday next contacted Greenwood Flower and Garden in Warwick, which agreed to accept the order, but today called back saying patrons were phoning and emailing threatening to boycott his business so he refused the order, too.

FFRF was forced to go to an out of state business, Glimpse of Gaia, in Putnam, Conn., which not only agreed to deliver the flowers but threw in a second bouquet from the shop with its own message, “Glimpse of Gaia fully supports our First Amendment and will not be bullied by those who do not. Here’s to you, Jessica Ahlquist.”

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a complaint. You can read the whole story here.

I wonder what’s next. Are they going to put up signs on their businesses that say “Atheists are not welcome”? How about a national registry of atheists so you can identify those disgusting infidels? Oh… Let’s burn those witches! They are the work of the devil! They worship Satan and eat babies!

An average Atheist eating a baby

I am amazed of how these Christians play victims all the time while they are the ones always attacking the rest of us. They are the ignorant persecutors. I know I know… they are not all the same and all that. “These are not real Christians”. You know what? They are real Christians and I’m calling them The Christian Terrorists. These are the people that believe in baby Jesus and since faith is required to go to heaven instead of good works, these are the ones going to that paradise of ignorance, so they ARE Christians who have been “saved”. It’s not my problem if these make the more neutral ones look bad. The “good Christians” should be condemning these big mouths instead of sitting back and doing nothing if they don’t want me to put all of them under the same category.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.  If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.  ~Bishop Desmond Tutu

Want more? Look at people booing a teenager for defending Jessica Ahlquist and the constitution:

Superintendent Peter Nero acted correctly by telling those people to shut up, but the ignorance stinks in that audience and in most religious circles. Here is a Facebook group defending the florists. I encourage you to let them know what you think about all this. Get involved.


About spagmonster

The spagmonster is an ex fundy who was raised as a conservative Christian. His father was a preacher and the owner of the churches he would attend when growing up, so he got to see everything from the inside. After being exposed to real world knowledge and science, the spagmonster slowly started to become a non believer in mainstream religions until he started this blog. That´s when he sat down and thought ¨Huh... I think I´m an atheist¨. The deconversion process was complete. Cheers!

Posted on January 20, 2012, in News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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