I had not intended to blog on the story about the hullabaloo in Arkansas about a 10-year-old boy serving as the Grand Marshal of Gay Pride parade until a reader caught something in the article that I had missed:
The boy has begun a media blitz of local and national television stations, explaining that he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance because it says “all men are created equal,” but gays don’t have the same rights as everyone else. That, the boy says, is why he has become an ambassador of gay rights.
“Which,” ThatGayConservative (TGC) asked, “Pledge of Allegiance would this be?”
Let’s see. Here’s the Pledge:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Hmm. . . TGC is right. That expression about men being created equal isn’t there, but the word “liberty” is (you know the word that gay activists shun). Guess the boy should be glad his school is not forcing him to recite the Declaration of Independence. (And let’s note that gay activists notwithstanding, that august document does not include “equality” in its list of rights.)
My question is who put this boy up to his little stunt. I mean, he’s just mouthing the same slogans as every gay activist in every city in this country.
All that said, the reaction of the American Family Association (AFA) is almost as hysterical as the zeal of gay activists to honor someone for repeating their favorite cliché. The AFA has called has called selection of the boy to be grand marshal “a form of child abuse”. Give me a break. A PR stunt it may be, but child abuse it clearly is not.
Just as many gay activists need to tone down their rhetorical excess so too do some social conservatives. Indeed, sometimes it seems the two groups are made for each other.