3 thoughts on “How to turn constitutional protest into a promo for lying politicians

  1. 4theRecord says:

    “At a moment when the NFL is considering making its players stand for the anthem before games—and under immense pressure to do so from president Donald Trump and patriotic fans—perhaps it’s time to take a look back at that history and realize that protesting a flag or anthem is never a simple matter of patriotism. Being able to protest is actually a long-established right, and it’s a right that was established in the most American of circumstances: by a religious group, before the Supreme Court.” https://qz.com/1102238/americans-can-take-a-knee-during-the-national-anthem-thanks-to-the-jehovahs-witnesses/ “…The case concerned a brother and sister who were Jehovah’s Witnesses. They had been expelled from school for refusing to say the pledge of allegiance or salute the US flag in class, a standard practice at the time. The court agreed with the school’s decision. “National unity is the basis of national security,” the judges said. “We live by symbols.”
    But just three years later, almost all the court’s judges realized they’d made a huge mistake. The original ruling had prompted a wave of hate the likes of which America hadn’t seen for decades and clearly contravened the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution. In a second case involving expelled Jehovah’s Witnesses, they reversed their earlier decision, and confirmed the freedom of Americans to protest a flag or refuse to take the pledge if doing so went against their conscience. The basic message: freedom of speech trumps patriotism, even in wartime.”

  2. Update says:

    NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick has reportedly filed a grievance against NFL owners accusing them of collusion in keeping him out of the league, according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2738805-colin-kaepernick-reportedly-files-grievance-against-nfl-owners-for-collusion President Trump has attacked Kaepernick for kneeling, suggesting that he was still a free agent because he didn’t stand. Also Trump suggested that NFL owners should fire players who take a knee during the anthem and called any player who does so a “son of a bitch.”

  3. Cosplay says:

    Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama, claims NFL protesters who kneel during the national anthem are violating federal law. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/roy-moore-claims-its-against-the-law-for-players-to-kneel-during-national-anthem/
    See 36 U.S. Code § 301 – National anthem https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/36/301
    “The key word in that section of code is “should,” according to Eugene Volokh, a law professor and First Amendment expert at the UCLA School of Law. “It’s not clear to me that 36 U.S.C. 301 was ever meant to be legally binding — it says what people ‘should’ do rather than what they ‘shall’ or ‘must’ do,” Volokh told CBS News. Generally speaking, Volokh said, legal precedent holds that “should” indicates a recommended, but not required, course of action, unlike the obligatory connotation of the word “shall.”
    “But if it did aim at being legally binding, the First Amendment would prevent it from being enforced,” Volokh added. “The court held in West Va. Bd. of Ed. v. Barnette (1943), held that even public school students can’t be required to salute the flag; likewise, people can’t be required to stand at attention, put their hand over the heart, or remove their hats during the national anthem.” (see https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/319/624/case.html )
    President Trump has called on NFL owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

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