I now know why 10-year-old Will Phillips isn’t standing for the Pledge of Allegiance.
I have Matt Barber of the Christian Right group Liberty Counsel to thank for explaining why Will’s explanation — that we don’t have “justice for all” when it comes to the LGBT community — doesn’t make any sense:
[Barber] believes the boy has been “utterly manipulated and exploited by adult moral relativists who are indirectly using him and other children as political pawns in the burgeoning culture war that is reaching a boil.”
Barber further finds that “it’s really a testament to the level of success that liberal and secular and homosexual activist propagandists in Hollywood and in our public schools and in much of our elitist establishment organizations have enjoyed.”
So, to recap, the culprits for Will’s beliefs are:
— Parents using Will as a pawn
— Gay activists
— Public schools
The culprits for Will’s belief are not:
— Christians who persecute LGBT people and lead the fight to deny them equal rights.
Got that straight?
Keep up the good work, Will.
When the Christian Right is mad at you because you want equal rights for everyone, you’re doing something right.