Teenager Faces Public Outrage Over School Prayer Lawsuit

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Jessica Ahlquist, a 16-year-old-junior at Cranston High School West, is an outspoken atheist who believes that prayer should not be on display in public schools. Last month she expressed her views at school board hearings and a federal judge ruled in her favor deeming prayer's presence at Cranston High School to be unconstitutional. In retaliation, residents have threatened Ahlquist and others like State Representative Peter G. Palumbo have called her "an evil little thing." 

Jessica talks about being an atheist and the reactions against her within the community. Sarah Barringer Gordon, Professor of History and Constitutional Law at the University of Pennsylvania, joins the conversation.