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I Will Bear True Faith and Allegiance: Patriotism and Protest

October 15, 2017

Our current President’s attempts at silencing dissent by impugning the protesters’ patriotism or support for service members’ sacrifices on our behalf are mistaken and seem meant to distract us from other matters he is dealing with poorly. The individuals who are participating in and who originated these protests are no less patriotic or supportive than he is. Many would argue their willingness to face his wrath to continue pointing out injustice in our society and working to fix them make them even more patriotic and supportive of their fellow human beings than he has ever been. – RJC

The Inglorius Padre Steve's World

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Over the past month I have been watching and occasionally commenting on the kneeling during the National Anthem controversy on my social media accounts but not here. But tonight I want to share a few thoughts on the actions of NFL players who have protested continued inequities, injustice, evil, and racism in the United States by choosing to kneel during the National Anthem.

The fact is these players as much as their critics claim otherwise are not protesting the Flag, nor are they insulting the troops. They are doing what all true American patriots have done since the beginning of our American experiment. They are being as patriotic as our founders were when they not only criticized, but took up arms against England. After all as Adlai Stevenson once said “Do not… regard the critics as questionable patriots.  What were Washington and Jefferson and Adams…

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