By Kathleen Gilbert
FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, June 25, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A 10-year-old boy is being used as Grand Marshal of an Arkansas homosexual pride parade this weekend. The move has attracted opposition from pro-family leaders, who have decried the movement’s exposure of the boy to the lewd festival of sexual deviancy as “a form of child abuse.”
The boy, Will Phillips, attracted national media attention last year after he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance at school, saying that homosexuals are refused “liberty and justice” because the government defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Phillips, who later accepted a Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award on behalf of his CNN interviewer, complained that he was harassed at school for his views. The claim prompted Comedy Central host Jon Stewart to hire professional wrestler Mick Foley as Phillips’ bodyguard at the media award event. Foley warned: “If I find out that anybody has hassled this young man or teased him or called him a wad of any sort, I and perhaps a few of my friends will come to his school and bring a world of pain.”
But pro-family leaders say that the homosexual lobby is the true bully for flaunting the boy at the head of a homosexual pride parade – which are renowned for their lewd displays of transvestitism, sado-masochism, and other sexual deviations.
“It’s shameful that adults would abuse a brain-washed child in this way,” said American Family Association president Tim Wildmon. “He’s obviously just parroting the nonsense he’s been told by manipulative adults. For gay activists to trot out this child and make him the poster child for promoting unnatural sexual expression is a form of child abuse.”
The use of the child media darling has attracted opposition to the normally low-key event from across the country. Mayor Lionel Jordan, who plans to deliver the city’s endorsement to the event Saturday, says he has received over 300 emails urging him to withdraw support as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Fayetteville Flyer.
Brian Camenker, the leader of MassResistance, a pro-family group in Massachusetts, told LifeSiteNews.com that saying Phillips is being “indoctrinated” is “not a strong enough word.”
“They are taking these kids who are in a very vulnerable and formative time in their lives, and basically telling them they’re gay or what have you,” he said, adding that “the kinds of things that go on in these parades … are just really gross and hideous.”
“Transexual, S&M, they’re getting more into young kids,” he said.
Camenker related the story of a MassResistance volunteer whose daughter similarly drew media attention when, after being pressured by the gay-straight alliance at her high school, declared that “she’s a lesbian, hates her mother and father, [and] has this lesbian girlfriend.”
“The gay newspapers of course wrote it up, because she was involved with us, and they were inviting her to be involved with the gay pride parade … even the Boston Globe called her up to interview her,” he said. Things changed, however, when the girl’s mother removed her from the school and sent her to an out-of-state Christian school. The girl is now preparing to marry her male fiancé in August, and, according to Camenker, dismisses her youthful flirtation with lesbianism.
“She wasn’t lesbian any more than I was a lesbian,” he said. “I think that happens with a lot of kids. So this is really dangerous.”