Now this story comes from Kansas; one of those square states, in the middle. And a lot of times those square states get a bad rap because of their politicians and churches and such. But in a little spot of heaven, called Prairie Village, a group of high school students–yes, high schools students–stood toe-to-toe with Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Hate and his legion of Haters.
These students, from Shawnee Mission East High School, which has a Gay and Straight Alliance at the school, and even elected a young gay man as homecoming king in 2007, filled three corners of an intersection and kept Phelps and his lot of morons confined to just one corner.
These are kids, people; well, not kids in that old school sense of the word. They are young bright men and women, gay and straight, who won’t take hatred for another minute. Their signs tell their stories; their hearts tell their stories. Reading those signs makes this gay heart proud.
These young people in Kansas are the future, and it’s looking pretty good.
I was reading somewhere the other day, that it’s the fifteen-year-olds who are the most gay-friendly of the next generation. Wouldn’t it be nice if all of us, even those pretty far removed from fifteen, could stand together and shout down Fred Phelps and Sally Kerns and the Mormon Church and the Pope.
That’s my idea of heaven.