Via Progressive Puppy: “A ten-year-old Arkansas boy named Will Phillips has taken a stand for gay rights by refusing to take the Pledge of Allegiance at his local elementary school. He figures that since ‘liberty and justice for all’ doesn’t apply to LGBT folks, he’s not going to recite something that he knows is a lie.”
Will told the Arkansas Times that he hoped to be a lawyer one day and when the newspaper asked him what it means to be American, he replied: “Freedom of speech. The freedom to disagree. That’s what I think pretty much being an American represents.” Indeed.
I’d like to see this kid in a
death-cage, um, debating match with that insufferable conservative wunderkind Jonathan Krohn (although he’s got a few years on the even younger Will so it might not be an entirely fair match-up…).
But seriously, it’s encouraging to see kids of this young age alive to the issues around them… And not only being aware, but then actually speaking, writing and acting on their beliefs. It takes a lot of courage, especially at that age, to stick one’s head up over the parapet of dull conformity, regardless of what your political inclinations may happen to be, and take a principled stand for the civil rights of others.