Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Arkansas 10-Year-Old Won’t Pledge Allegiance Until Gays Gain Equality

Arkansas 10-Year-Old Won’t Pledge Allegiance Until Gays Gain Equality :: EDGE San Francisco:
"A 10-year-old Arkansas boy name Will Phillips has decided that he cannot in good conscience pledge allegiance to the flag as long as the country for which it stands refuses legal equality to its GLBT citizens.

That stand has brought young Mr. Phillips anti-gay taunts in the lunch room, but admiration from around the country, reports a Nov. 5 Arkansas Times article. The West Fork School District fifth grader clashed with a substitute teacher for his refusal to stand for the pledge, prompting a call to Will’s mother, Laura Phillips. When the principal acknowledged that Will has the right to refuse to say the pledge, Ms. Phillips asked that her son receive an apology--a request that the principal declined to honor."

What an outstanding human being! And I applaud his parents for teaching him to stand up for EQUALITY no matter what others think of you. He's going to be a great man someday--and the school ought to be sticking up for HIS rights and protecting him from bullying!

Awesome kid! Keep it up!

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