Saturday, September 17, 2016

About peaceful protest


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This is about Colin Kaepernick and the Miami Dolphin athletes who have chosen to refrain from standing for the national anthem and the U. S. flag in protest of the recent shootings of black men and boys by police officers. Many are very opposed to this demonstration. They say it shows a lack of respect for the United States, for our military and our veterans, and that it shows a lack of gratitude for all the rights and privileges that U. S. citizenship confers.
I see it as a peaceful protest in accordance with the right of free speech guaranteed by our Constitution. Decades ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the act of burning the U. S. flag as a demonstration of protest was a form of free speech. In my opinion, refusal to stand for the flag or the national anthem is also a form of free speech. I do not approve of their action, but I can see their point.

Here is another take on it:
Why Christian Parents Should Celebrate The Biblical Example of Colin Kaepernick

A very interesting, thought-provoking article, but I don't agree. I can see that there are similarities between the modern-day athletes' protest and the refusal of the young Jewish men in Babylonian captivity to worship the king's idol. However, nowhere have I read or heard that the protesting athletes were honoring their faith by their refusal to stand. That is the key point of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego's act of faith and courage.