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10 year-old Arkansas boy sits during Pledge to stand up for equal rights for gays and lesbians

A college classmate brought this news report from Arkansas to my attention about 10 year-old Will Phillips who is standing up for equal rights and equal treatment for gays and lesbians by remaining seated during the Pledge of Allegiance because, as Will is quoted in the article, ""I really don't feel that there's currently liberty and justice for all." Use the link above to read the article to learn more about why Will is taking this stand.

Will did come under some pressure from a substitute teacher but his right to not say the pledge is protected by the United States Constitution according to the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark opinion in the 1943 case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette.  Unfortunately, Will has been subjected to harassment at school for his stance.  I really admire this young man for his strong, peaceful stand for his beliefs and being willing to dissent even when it may be uncomfortable to do so. 

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