The Rhode Island student who successfully challenged a prayer banner in Cranston public schools is getting an award from Hugh Hefner.
Jessica Ahlquist will receive a Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award at the playboy mansion in Beverly Hills. Ahlquist writes on her Facebook page that she is honored to be chosen but adds she is not expecting to meet Hugh Hefner in person. She says his daughter Christie Hefner will attend the ceremony, where Ahlquist will receive a plaque and $5,000.
It’s been about a year since a controversial prayer banner was removed from the auditorium of Cranston West high school. The removal was prompted by a federal court order, which found the banner infringed on the constitutional separation of church and state. We wondered what ever happened to that banner and asked Flo Jonic to look into it.
An atheist group out of Wisconsin is suing a Cranston florist for refusing to deliver flowers to Jessica Ahlquist. The flowers were to congratulate the Cranston West High School student for winning a lawsuit that removed a prayer banner from the school’s auditorium.