Kneeling is not always disrespectful

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Colin Kaepernick and other American athletes that follow his lead are disrespecting the American Flag and the National Anthem by kneeling.

The act of kneeling is not always disrespectful. It is proper to kneel before Almighty God and Christ Jesus, the Savior of mankind. It is proper for a man to kneel before a woman when asking her hand in marriage. It is proper for a subject to kneel before their sovereign monarch. All of these are times and places when kneeling is a sign of respect and veneration. But is it not the proper behavior during the National Anthem.

Title 36 Section 301 of the US Code, that is US Federal Law, states what a person is to do during the playing of the National Anthem. Which is very simple for those who are not in uniform.

all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;

The language of the law is “should” because there are acceptable exceptions. Such as those who are wheelchair bound. They of course are to place their right hand over their heart but otherwise sitting is fine for them. Likewise because we have the 1st Amendment which guarantees the Freedom of Religion, a Jehovah’s Witness is exempt from the law as well, because their religious practice forbids them from participating in any civil action.

But those are the only exceptions. Everyone else is to stand and face the flag or source of the music in the absence of the flag. There should be no running to get your concessions during the National Anthem and TV cameras should be focused solely on the flag itself until the National Anthem is complete. If one finds themselves elsewhere during the National Anthem. Stop. Stand at attention where you are at and wait for the National Anthem to complete before conducting your transaction or business.

Any and all other actions are disrespectful. Including kneeling.

Colin Kaepernick states he kneels in protest against racial injustice. He has the right to protest, it is part of his guaranteed Freedom of Speech. But during the National Anthem is not the proper time or place. Also I don’t believe for a minute that is his real motivation. He is kneeling because it puts the spot light on him. It is for personal gain and glory.

The facts speak for themselves on this matter. Mr. Kaepernick doesn’t protest anywhere else. Any place where there might be racial injustice he is not there protesting against it. His activism begins and ends on the football field during the National Anthem. A place he knows will have TV cameras and coverage to watch his every move being a football player.

Take away the cameras and he wouldn’t be kneeling. His only other activism on this subject, and it’s taken 2 years to complete, is his donation of a Million Dollar Pledge to organizations working in oppressed communities that have matched funds by celebrities. Not much of a donation when you wont donate without celebrities matching the funds.

What grants has Mr. Kaepernick established to help serve those impacted by racial injustice? What funding programs has Mr. Kaepernick established or donated to with his celebrity status? Why isn’t he in these oppressed communities and working to make them better?

The answers are simple. He is a fraud. He is wasn’t ever kneeling due to racial injustice. He was kneeling for his 15 minutes of fame alone.

Disrespect is Never Right

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At all sporting events. From High School through the professional level they have one thing in common. At the beginning of every contest our National Anthem is played.

A stillness falls on the playing field and crowd that was just a moment before full of energy and movement. Everyone rises to their feet if they are physically able to do so. Everyone either places their hand on their heart or, if in Uniform, salutes the Flag of the United States of America.

But lately in our world of professional sports we have had a player and now a whole team not give the respect to our Flag as they should. This has started in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick of the San Fransico 49ers and has now spread over to the entire Seattle Seahawk team.

This is wrong on so many levels. Our young children look to these professional players as heroes and role models. And they will be emulated by those children and even other adults.

Standing at attention and giving the proper respect to our Flag during the National Anthem played at our sporting events is the only proper thing to do. Any other action is a lack of respect. Not only for the Flag, but for those who are in service to our Nation. All the men and women in uniform. All of those men and women who gave their lives in uniform.

You do have the right to protest against any perceived injustice. Real or imagined. But showing disrespect during the National Anthem is not the time or the place for such protests.

These millionaire protesters should be fined by the NFL for this blatant show of disrespect. And I’m not talking the pennies they are fined when violating some minor NFL rules. I’m saying they should be fined at least one million dollars at every occurrence that they do not show any respect for the Flag and what it represents.

And when an entire team shows the same disrespect. Then that is a reflection of the coach and the owner of that team. They should be fined as well. Including forfeiture of games, an automatic loss of a game. Perhaps then they shall understand the gravity of showing respect.

As for these millionaire’s protesting this perceived injustice. What have you done about it Colin Kaepernick? How much of your money have you spent on fighting it? How much of your free time have you spent helping anyone out of injustice? Have you considered public office, leaving the NFL and becoming one of those who can actually make a change in public policy? Or are you enjoying the fruits of your time in the limelight of sports.