by Max Brantley
More kind words from John Brummett for Will Phillips of West Fork, an international symbol for his decision not to participate in Pledge of Allegiance exercises as a demonstration of support for those denied liberty and justice in these United States.
Comments from readers worldwide number more than 200 on our original story about Will. Readers who've gotten in touch with Will include Sir Ian McKellen, the British actor who played Gandalf in "Lord of the Rings." It happens to be one of the 10-year-old's favorite movies. McKellen has been an activist for gay rights and Will has been quoted as saying his support for equal treatment of gay people was part of the motivation for his decision. McKellen also plugged Will's story on his Facebook page.