This Non-Religious Life Episode 36: God and High School

This Non-Religious Life Episode 36: God and High School


This week we discuss a number of hot button issues but perhaps the one which is the most thought provoking and interesting is the story of Jessica Alquist. Most of our subscribers will probably know her story but for those of you who do not hers is a story of true outstanding. She is a high school student at Cranston West High School in Cranston, Rhode Island who filed a lawsuit against her school over a banner entitled “School Prayer.” The banner read:

Our Heavenly Father.

Grant us each day the desire to do our best.

To grow mentally and morally as well as physically.

To be kind and helpful to our classmates and teachers.

To be honest with ourselves as well as with others.

Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win.

Teach us the value of true friendship.

Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West.


For some reason the school argued that the banner was not a breach of the Establishment Clause. After about eight months the verdict came in on January 11th in favour of Alquist. Stay tuned and hear what we have to say on the matter. And of course we want to know what you think about this? You can contact us at [email protected], like us on Facebook / Google+ or call the ZPN hotline at (757) 337-2195. And don’t forget to subscribe to This Non-Religious Life on  iTunes or listen to us on Stitcher Radio.

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Jason Bayless

Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends, working with Center for Farmworker Families and spending his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and playing VR games.

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