So Twitter is going crazy with a #TakeTheKnee hashtag and a few Facebook Friends are also chiming in. I don't watch major sports or even t.v. for that matter so IDK who's doing what these days and honestly I really DON'T CARE.
But I will say this.
I grew up as a Jehovah's Witness and we DID NOT say the pledge (nor sing the National Anthem) b/c in accordance with their understanding of the Bible, taking such an oath would be considered a form of worldly worship/praise/idolatry. Praise/worship/ to false 'gods' and worldly oaths/allegiance are condemed time and time again in the Bible and Jehovah's Witnesses pulled that particular aspect from the text and teach their followers not to participate.
Am I a Jehovah's Witness still?? No.
Am I a perfect Christian? HECK NO!
However, some things are just ingrained in me.
To this day as a Non-Denominational Christian I STILL can't part my lips to say the pledge. As a child I would always stand but never pledge, and never place my hand over my heart. Now whether standing and not speaking is bad, or kneeling is bad, nobody ever jeered me as a Jehovah's Witness b/c I live in a nation founded on FREEDOM.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF RELIGION ect.
Take this how you will, but our soliders fight for our FREEDOMS, even if we don't all agree on how they are expressed. How about ACTUALLY supporting our soliders and veterans who fight/fought for our freedom to stand or kneel and STOP arguring over our blasted Golden Ca...erm...Flag. Veterans suffer from PTSD, Homelessness and Poverty when they return from protecting our FREEDOMS and we honor them by spending our time hashtaging whether or not millionaire athletes are standing, kneeling, pledging not pledging, where their hands are placed, ect. If millions of Jehovah's Witnesses (and possibly other religious/social groups living within America) can go about their business without saying the pledge, singing the anthem or even standing, why do millionaires not doing it cause such an outcry???
What's the difference?
Religious Freedom vs. Civil Freedom?
MONEY and VAST VISIBILITY? yeah that sound about right...
How about America stops defining Patriotism through an Oath and a Flag.
Rant over you can thow me in the furnace now 😔
Edit** Found this on 9/25
Haven't confirmed the source but the theory remains relevant.
*Mark Twain said that reciting the Pledge was treason. He said it was equivalent to saying, "My Country, Right or Wrong" which he considered to be the worst form of treason. It is betraying our responsibility to speak out when we think our country is making a mistake.*