There are times in life when we are alone in our cause, with gloating, victorious enemies celebrating their evil victory. Despair infects everything, the world stands against you, and you question your sanity. But Nathan, you are not alone.
Yes, it's true that you are standing alone against your high school principal in your fight against bullying and in your fight for the right to freedom of expression, and to associate together in a GSA against the prejudice and bigotry that surrounds you and your friends. Yes, he's threatened to tear up the papers and suspend you should you reapply.
But know this: There are millions of us in this country, and beyond, who stand with you. We're not in your town. We don't email you, or send you messages of comfort and hope. But we read of your brave struggle for human dignity in the face of an evil bully with title and the arrogance of power, and we wish you well. We wish you to succeed with all our hearts and souls, and if we could come there and stand with you to speak truth to power, we would in a heartbeat. Because we have all had our struggles with bullies, who use force to violate the rights of the innocent because, to them, their beliefs justify injustice and their power to inflict damage justifies their vicious beliefs.
We, who stand silently behind you, remember all too well our own struggles for justice in the face of an indifferent world.
Now, some might say that there's no comparison here, that a student who wants to start a club has no possible connection with the events of 9/11. But I say that the precious lives of our young people and their right to grow up as free, courageous and empowered adults is what was at the heart of 9/11. Our enemies tried to define us and frighten us into giving up the cause of freedom with their bombs, to make us cower, but if anything, it strengthened our resolve.