Should NFL players who don’t acknowledge the National Anthem be shot? One Dallas Baptist pastor says they would be anywhere else but in America.
Black football players who earn millions of dollars for playing a game have been kneeling when the National Anthem is played before the game begins– to protest against their oppression. Making millions and playing football is apparently oppression these days.
Kneeling is not only disrespectful to those who wear the uniform that matters (the U.S. Military, not a football corporation), but is also incredibly stupid. What master are they kneeling to– their own pride and ignorance? But is stupidity a reason to be shot?
Dallas Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress argued that their disrespect would lead to their arrest in most other countries.
The NFL has blocked access to his interview, which can still be watched on YouTube.
Jeffress told Fox and Friends:
It is an absolute fact that in many countries of the world professional athletes would be imprisoned ― or worse ― for publicly opposing their nation’s anthem or disrespecting their national leaders. If any member of the press doubts this fact, then I would encourage them to take a trip to North Korea themselves, publicly shame Kim Jong Un and then see what happens. All of us should thank God every day that we live in a country where we do not have to fear government persecution for expressing our beliefs.
To be sure– most Americans do not fear “government persecution for expressing their beliefs” because they believe the U.S. Constitution still protects their rights, including the right to self defense and the right to bear arms.
Roughly 70 percent of NFL players own guns. The majority have security teams– comprised of responsible gun owners.
But at some point, protest becomes sedition, and many argue NFL players are closer to crossing the line of sedition than into the end zone.