a reply to: notsure1
I think you need a reading comprehension lesson.
Forced morality does not mean that one is being forced to do something moral. It means that moral convictions not shared by an individual (for
example, the conviction that one must not protest by taking a knee) are being forced on individuals, if they wish to be present for the anthem. That
is, in and of itself, an amoral thing to force a person to accept, unless of course the nation you are in is the land of the caged, and the home of
They are forcing an appearance of faux patriotism, or absence from the field during the anthem, on very often the only ACTUAL patriots on the teams
concerned. Actual patriotism requires acting according to ones beliefs about how the nation they live in and call their own, ought to handle issues,
like race, like religion, like policing and such, rather than shying away from these issues and putting a gloss on them, to keep the public dull and
ill informed, or make it easier for them to ignore the massive, gargantuan log in the eye of their nation.
The people who would kneel, are doing a damned sight more of their patriotic duty, than those who would stand simply because it is expected of them.
Your founding fathers, your precious rebellion, would never have succeeded, if they were the sort of fellows who would have stood for something they
did not believe in, rather than kneel for something they did believe in. Thats the bottom line, and forcing people to either stand or be absent, IS
forcing a false morality onto them, and forcing them to engage in faux patriotism. That is the ONLY thing it is.
Again, their protests have not disrupted games, the players still take to the field and play the game, and they do not stop playing and kneel mid way
through a play. They do their jobs. Their jobs, however, do not and must never include, being forced to either conform or remain in the locker room
until the opening ceremony is completed, nor does employment with a football team mean that their right to protest peacefully, is in anyway curtailed,
either by way of a segment of their contract, a guideline or policy of the league in which they play, OR an edict of a court, because all such things
would be utterly unconstitutional.
I should not be surprised that you only care about the constitution when it suits you though, as this is amazingly common amongst right wingers.