Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Please Help A Brave Young Man In South Mississippi

As a follow up to my post about the young man in south Mississippi who took a stand for the separation of church and state, his mother says he’s starting to get a lot of harassment, threats, etc. She contacted me by email after I kind of stuck up for the kid in the newspaper forums. She requested that I send his email around and see if people who support him could drop him a line and tell him that he does have a lot of support and that there are people who believe in what he did. She mentioned that he “really needs it.” I work in that county and I can imagine what he’s having to face right now.

His email is [email protected].

Any help you could give to lend some support to this young man would be much appreciated. As you are probably aware, he’s got pretty much the entire community against him. Send him a short email expressing your support and encouragement.

9 comments:

Agnosticat said...

Thanks for following up on this. I sent Wesley an email and I hope he is doing well. I've seen first hand how "good Christians" can treat their neighbors when their neighbors aren't the right religion or stand up for church/state separation. It's not a pretty sight. If this young man needs help, I want to be there for him if I can.

GOP Mammal said...

I read the letter and am shocked that these assemblies are allowed. I live on the west coast, this kind of thing would be unthinkable where I live and I respect this young man standing up to something that is blatantly wrong. He even put his case much more respectfully to the opposition than I would have.

I am planning to send him an e-mail of support; but I wanted to ask, if anyone here knows if he is an Atheist, or a secular minded theist. Not that it matters as such, but if he's an Atheist I'd add that there is a lot more of us out there.

vjack said...

I will certainly e-mail him. Thanks, Butch.

vjack said...

I have reason to believe that Wesley is not an atheist.

Butch said...

His mother has said that he is not an atheist, but made no other comment about his religious beliefs. Good point. Not that it matters to the point, but it’s good that people know so they aren’t firing off emails about those damn dirty Xians and their delusions. Remember, we’re trying to support him, not score points of our own.

vjack said...

That's what I was thinking too, Butch. People e-mailing him need to know that he is not an atheist so they don't go overboard with any assumptions. I also thought the point about how he is not trying to get religion out of his school is worth making. He simply wants the right to opt-out of attending religious assemblies. That sure doesn't seem like much to ask, does it?

isabellejane said...

Maybe he needs to ask for equal time for devil worshippers.

Seriously, though, poor kid. High school is not for smart people.

Psychodiva said...

hope he enjoys an e-mail from England- it might cheer him up a bit to know his fame has travelled a bit :)

PLease keep an eye on the story for us from over the pond :)

GOP Mammal said...

I sent him an E-mail, didn't really know what to say other than he's right and what he did took courage.

I hope this situation turns out well for the young man, and that these assemblies are stopped.