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American Family Association Attacks 10-Year-Old Will Phillips and Fayetteville Mayor, for Supporting Equality


The American Family Association's Tim Wildmon is lashing out at Fayetteville, Arkansas Mayor Lionel Jordan for issuing a proclamation in support of the Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade, and attacking 10-year-old Will Phillips and his parents for participating, AfterElton reports.

2_willphillips  Says the letter in the alert: "“Dear Mayor Jordan and Fayetteville City Council: I am shocked to learn that the city of Fayetteville is issuing a proclamation in support of the homosexual activist group, Northwest Arkansas Pride. It’s offensive enough to sensibilities that they are going to parade their deviant lifestyle on the streets of the city. It’s even more abhorrent that the city is supporting it, knowing very well that the organizers of this event are exploiting children to push their radical sexualizing event. I implore you to withdraw the proclamation and focus on issues that promote a healthy and safe lifestyle, rather than one that is risky and dangerous..."

I posted an interview with Phillips yesterday. The 10-year-old hero is to be this year's Grand Marshall for speaking out across the country for equality for all.

Writes Wildmon: "It’s shameful that adults would abuse a brain-washed child in this way. 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."

A list of Fayetteville officials (via AfterElton) you can write (politely) to express your support for Phillips, Mayor Jordan, and NW Arkansas Pride, is AFTER THE JUMP...

Ward 1, Position 1 Adella Gray (479) 442-4958 

Ward 1, Position 2 Brenda Thiel (479) 442-3095

Ward 2, Position 1 Kyle Cook (479) 521-7632

Ward 2, Position 2 Matthew Petty (479) 595-8303 (Email preferred) citycouncil (at) matthewpetty (dot) org

Mayor Lioneld Jordan (479) 575-8330

Ward 3, Position 1 Robert K. Rhoads (479) 973-5200

Ward 3, Position 2 Bobby Ferrell (479) 442-3535

Ward 4, Position 1 Shirley Lucas (479) 442-4612

Ward 4, Position 2 Sarah Lewis (479) 263-2087

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  1. "It’s shameful that adults would abuse a brain-washed child in this way."

    Talk about hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 24, 2010 9:29:20 AM

  2. If Wildmon truly believes that Will's parents subject him to a form of child abuse then report it to the local child protection authorities, and if not, then SHUT THE FUCK UP!

    Will Phillips has far more courage and intelligence than any of these hateful cretins!!!!!!

    Posted by: Robin | Jun 24, 2010 9:34:01 AM

  3. Writes Wildmon: "It's shameful that adults would abuse a brain-washed child in this way. He's obviously just parroting the nonsense he's been told by manipulative adults."

    Hey Wildmon. "Back at you ass-hole."

    Posted by: Another Mike | Jun 24, 2010 9:48:07 AM

  4. "It’s shameful that adults would abuse a brain-washed child in this way. He’s obviously just parroting the nonsense he’s been told by manipulative adults."

    How ironic, as the same can be said about religion!

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 24, 2010 9:49:17 AM

  5. Wrote every address and thanked them for standing up for equality.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jun 24, 2010 9:57:05 AM

  6. What's a "radical sexualizing event"?

    Mr. Wildmon seems to think that any child we doesn't agree with him has been brainwashed. It must be terrible to go through life with such a limited worldview.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 24, 2010 10:01:43 AM

  7. That really pisses me off, if you watch interviews with that kid anyone can tell he genuinely feels the way he does.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 24, 2010 10:07:08 AM

  8. i just called the mayor's office to tell him thankyou and showing all southerns are not red neck bigots.willphilips has more guts than all these homophobic preachers and zealots.and wildmon eat shit and die

    Posted by: walter | Jun 24, 2010 10:35:58 AM

  9. "...and a little child will lead them."

    -Isaiah 11:6

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 24, 2010 10:40:35 AM

  10. Interesting aint it - that IF Will Phillips and his Parents WERE Brainwashed Religious NUTZ - standing on a corner with "God hates Gays"..and Yelling stuff like that with a Bullhorn....this Wildmon character would be ALL FOR THAT, and in that case Will wouldn't be brainwashed...he would JUST be Expressing his "Religious Freedoms" ..??? Right...Mr Wildmon? See the Difference? LOL

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 24, 2010 10:50:44 AM

  11. In Arkansas you can still marry your first cousin legally. I bet Wildmon wouldn't have a problem if the KKK wanted to hold a celebration march to promote the superiority of the agenda of White people against all others. Besides Christianity is the ULTIMATE manipulation by adults of children, just look to a Catholic priest.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Jun 24, 2010 11:03:58 AM

  12. Never call anyone "insane". It's like instant defamation. Pick a non-medical euphemism, like "disturbing" instead of "disturbed".

    Posted by: anon | Jun 24, 2010 11:53:33 AM

  13. Exactly what Disgusted American said. And, adding to that, where was the AFA's outraged Action Alert when the pro-Prop 8 campaign used children in their campaign? When a bored child who was at her teacher's wedding, which her parents were attending as well, had her image manipulated and used as if she were the poster child for the ill effects of marriage equality on kids. Like I said, her expression was of boredom -- which you'll see on the faces of kids at every straight marriage too. And what about the kid used in the "Mommy, I found out at school today that I can marry a princess!" Where was the AFA when that child was used to parrot the teachings of adults? Oh, right! They were probably writing at least part of the check that went into the making of that advertisement. So, f--- off you hypocritical Nazis!

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jun 24, 2010 12:22:38 PM

  14. Seems to me this 10 yr old kid is more mature and adult-like than many adults

    Posted by: Fred | Jun 24, 2010 5:45:13 PM

  15. This comes as no surprise. My old friend and priest, Rev. Lowell Grisham, is the rector of St. Paul's Episcopal up there, and he is a tireless (and traveling and letter-writing and speech-giving and protesting) advocate for gay rights within and outside of the Church. Fayetteville is a beautiful and welcoming town for GLBT folks; the torching of a gay bar there about 10 yrs ago really got some people shook up and thinking about this issue, and thanks to people like those listed above, churches like St. Paul's, and the fact that it is a university town, it looks like Fayetteville will stay inclusive.

    Posted by: clint | Jun 24, 2010 7:36:17 PM

  16. @ Fred

    That 10 year old boy is 8 times more mature than even the bitter hateful queens on Towleroad.Young Will is going to do great things in his future and rather if he turns out to be gay or str8,he's gonna make someone very lucky.He has a brilliant mind at such a tender age.

    Posted by: Rocky | Jun 24, 2010 9:15:13 PM

  17. Oh I was waiting for this when I first heard about Master Phillips reasons for refusing to say the 'pledge of allegiance' at his school.

    Took the religious zealots long enough. Was beginning to think they missed the 'bleep' on their 'hate-dar'.

    And you took the words right out of my mouth Ichabod.

    Posted by: aleabeth | Jun 24, 2010 11:20:45 PM

  18. It is OK for religious bigot parents to brainwash their children about a non existent "GOD", but normal, loving, parents who preach love and tolerance for everyone are to be castigated?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Jun 28, 2010 10:01:47 PM

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