Jonathan Krohn, a former internet sensation among right wing Americans, says he isn’t a conservative anymore
A US teenager who once rallied against gay rights and abortion has now abandoned his right wing views in favor of same-sex marriage.
Jonathan Kohn was once dubbed ‘Atlanta’s most talented child’ and wrote the book Defining Conservatism at the tender age of 13.
In the book he said opposition to abortion and gay rights are what conservatives are all about.
But now aged 17, the former Republican poster boy says he has abandoned his conservative views and has joined President Barack Obama in supporting legalizing gay marriage.
‘I think I was naive,’ Krohn told website Politico. ‘The speech was something a 13-year-old does. You haven’t formed all your opinions.
‘I want to be Jonathan Krohn,’ he added. ‘And I’m tired of being an ideology and it’s not fun and it gets boring and it’s not who we are.’
Krohn told Politico he would vote for Barack Obama if old enough and he owes his change of mind to philosophy.
‘I started getting into philosophy – Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Kant and lots of other German philosophers. And then into present philosophers – Saul Kripke, David Chalmers.
‘It was really reading philosophy that didn’t have anything to do with politics that gave me a breather and realize a lot of what I said was ideological blather that really wasn’t meaningful.’
He says he now ‘cringes’ when watching an anti-gay speech he made in 2009 at CPAC.
He is to enrol in New York University to study philosophy and film making and is in full support for LGBT rights and legalising equal marriage.
Here is his 2009 speech:
And here is Krohn in 2012, interviewed on The Last Word: