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Kneeling during the anthem is not an issue

• Oct 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM

When people kneel in prayer are they disrespecting God? When they kneel before a queen are they disrespecting her? When a man kneels before his beloved to ask her to marry him is he disrespecting her?

No, they are honoring them.

These football players are not remaining seated, nor are they turning their back to the flag. Their hats are off and they are placing their hands over their hearts.

So why is everyone up in arms over people kneeling during the playing of the national anthem? They are all riled up because President Trump is using his very large bully pulpit to say it is an issue.

This is not a new tactic of Trump. For many years he fanned the flames of a controversy that was in reality a non-issue. He insisted that President Obama was not qualified to be president of the United States because he was not born a citizen.

When it came time for Trump to defend his stance during the presidential campaign debates, he said the matter was closed. So the great controversy that he fueled for nearly a decade was suddenly a non-issue.

Just because he is now saying that kneeling for the national anthem is disrespectful does not mean it is actually an issue.

Why is Trump fueling this new controversy? One can only speculate, but it is certain that this is a non-issue.

REBECCA C. CUMMINGS

Unicoi

 

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