I reported this morning that the American Family Association was attacking ten year-old Will Phillips, who is set to grand marshal Fayetteville’s pride parade this weekend, and who you all know as the kid who refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance in solidarity with his LGBT brothers and sisters who don’t yet have full “liberty and justice for all.” The AFA sent out an e-mail blast to their followers encouraging them to bark and stew at the Fayetteville mayor’s office to pressure them to cancel the celebration/rescind their proclamation of support. Fayetteville wasn’t having any of it:
According to city officials, the pride parade planned for this weekend will not be rained on.
Despite receiving over 300 emails Wednesday afternoon urging Mayor Lioneld Jordan to withdraw the city’ support for the parade and other festivities including a mayoral proclamation, Fayetteville Communication Director Lindsley Smith said Saturday’ activities will go on as scheduled.
“The Mayor is still excited,” said Smith. “Everything’ still on.”
Most of the messages included identical body copy which came pre-loaded in an online action form set up by the American Family Association. Nearly all of them began with the statement, “I am shocked to learn that the city of Fayetteville is issuing a proclamation in support of the homosexual activist group, Northwest Arkansas Pride.”
Smith said the majority of the emails were from non-Fayetteville residents.
I’d say your movement is on its last legs when a city of under 75,000 in the state of Arkansas is openly telling the American Family Association to get bent.