April Ryan, journalist for the American Urban Radio Network, recorded a video and interview with a young man who was standing outside the gates of the White House, preaching against homosexuality and abortion. The 11 year old, who was clad in a sandwich board reading “Abortion is a sin” on one side and “Obama is trying to make America no longer a Christian nation” on the other, was allegedly left by his father earlier that day, and told an officer who arrived at the scene that someone would be coming back later with his lunch.
Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, watching this video can’t help but make you think more deeply about what role children should play in political discourse. Is this young man an image of powerful convictions, or is he just being used by his parents? Is a pre-teen alone in the rain preaching the gospel an inspiration to everyone or a victim of abuse? And if you had encountered him, would you have tried to intercede, or just have your picture taken with him, as some of his audience did during the video?
(via Huffington Post)