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Kids are considerably smarter than many adults give them credit for.  Many can see through the layers of lies and bullshit that adults put out there for them.  Josef Miles did exactly that to the members of the Westboro Baptist Church (those of 'G-d hates fags' infamy, along with other assorted bigotries).  Seeing one of their infamous protests, what did he do?  He got to work:

His sign, written in pencil on a small sketchpad, read simply, “God Hates No One.”
And what does his mother have to say?  Here's the proud mom beaming about her young son:
“He’s growing up to be a fine young man,” his mother said in recalling the story. “I got my Mother’s Day gift a day early.”
This is what the bigots are afraid of.  This is the future.  We see it with young Josef Miles.  We see it when President Obama mentions how Sasha and Malia cannot understand why their friends with two same-sex parents don't have the same rights as their parents.  We see it in all the people my age (those under 30) who strongly support marriage equality.

Let me close with one last thing, and this is addressed to those who invoke G-d in defending their bigotry.  As a believer, I believe we are all G-d's children.  G-d created us how G-d did, whether gay, straight, bi, trans, whatever.  We are created in G-d's image and we all deserve respect.  Remember that most golden of rules and abide by it.

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Note:  For those that are curious, I write 'G-d' as a matter of respect, but in the original instance the full name was written out.  This is because there is a debate among Jews as to whether or not one can write out the name in English.  Interestingly, this transcends religious lines as there are very religious people who do write it out and I personally know of atheists and agnostics that write it as I do.  It is as much a cultural thing, as it is a religious thing.

Second Note:  Here's the photo (thanks, SwedishJewfish)

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Originally posted to Mets102 on Tue May 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM PDT.

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