As a mother, my ultimate goal is to raise my children to be healthy, intelligent adults. My other goal is to make sure that they grow up with a sense of compassion and an understanding about what is right and what is wrong. I want them to know that they aren’t any better than anyone else. I want them to know that everyone deserves to be treated equally. Hate, racism, prejudice and bigotry should have no place in their lives.
Sometimes I see other kids do something so awesome that I want to show my kids and exclaim “THIS! THIS is how we should think, and feel, and act!” We oftentimes don’t give kids enough credit when it comes to social responsibility, but every so often, a child does something that makes me think they deserve an award. And an ice cream sundae with all of their favorite toppings. And perhaps a ticker tape parade in their honor.
Josef Miles is one of those kids.
While visiting the Washburn University campus recently, Josef and his mother encountered a group of protesters from Westboro Baptist Church. Touting their usual disgusting, hate-filled signs, Josef decided to make a stand and asked his mother if she would help him make his own sign.
His sign read “God hates no one,” and Josef stood next to the Westboro Baptist protesters and held it up in protest of their ignorance.
His mother should be proud of him. We should all be proud of him.
You can read more about the story at the Huffington Post, by clicking here.
Photo Source: Patty Akrouche (Josef’s mom)
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