STANFORD - Austin Hinds is on fire, says his family. When he found out the Ten Commandments were being taken down from public places around the country, he was decidedly upset.
As a devoted member of the Crab Orchard Emanuel Baptist Church, Hinds began a petition for youngsters under 18, to be sent to Congress, urging the United States Government to put the commandments back in public buildings and schools. He has even e-mailed the president, explaining his convictions.
All in a day's work for a fifth-grader at Stanford Elementary.
Hinds, 10, says he started the petition because of a calling.
"It felt like God was calling me to do something. It was God's word and it wasn't right to take it down from our schools," he said.
"He came home the day they took the Ten Commandments down (in Alabama) very upset," said his mother, Jennifer Hinds.
After talking it over with his pastor, Ron Meece, Austin decided to make his voice heard.