“I’ve always tried to analyze things because I want to be lawyer,” 10-year old fifth grader Will Philips recently told the Arkansas Times. “I really don’t feel that there’s currently liberty and justice for all.”
After much reflection, young Will has decided he will no longer stand during or recite the Pledge of Allegiance until legal equality is given to homosexuals in America. The first day he refused to stand, the teacher asked him to stand up, but he respectfully declined. After a few days of this, the teacher began to get angry and told Will that his mother and grandmother would want him to stand. Will did not appreciate that.
“She got a lot more angry and raised her voice and brought my mom and my grandma up,” Will said. “I was fuming and was too furious to really pay attention to what she was saying. After a few minutes, I said, ‘With all due respect, ma’am, you can go jump off a bridge.'”
Awesome – and stated with such fine manners. Of course, his parents were called in for a meeting with the principal, and Will’s mother said she would talk to him about not telling people to jump off of bridges. The principal agreed though, it was Will’s right not to stand for the pledge, although the principal backed off on making the teacher apologize to the young man.
Will has had the support of many of his young friends for his stand against bigotry, but predictably, he has been confronted and taunted by many of his peers, something he seems to simply shrug off.
“In the lunchroom and in the hallway, they’ve been making comments and doing pranks, and calling me gay,” he said, not seeming too personally affected, just wondering why the other kids are so immature. “It’s always the same people, walking up and calling me a gaywad.”
Are you smarter than a fifth grader? For much of America, they’re probably not smarter than this one. To those people, I say go jump off of a bridge.
To us others who value our intelligence, let us examine the Pledge of Allegiance. There are many more problems with it besides the blatant lies that America stands for liberty and justice for all.
How about the “one nation under God?” A little known fact: that wasn’t added into the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954 under the Eisenhower administration, essential turning the Pledge from an oath into a public prayer to a single deity, large in part due to the effort of the Catholic fraternity Knights of Columbus, who are named after the disease-spreading, native torturing, exploiter of people, Christopher Columbus. On the day he signed it into a law, Eisenhower said, “From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our Nation and our people to the Almighty.”
Frightening. There has been case after case fighting this in the Supreme Court, but the Pledge still remains as is over fifty years later. That’s enough on this today though, folks. That’s a discussion for another day. Just a little food for thought. Just know that we officially endorse Will Philips as Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Empire.