In August of 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick succumbed to the wiles of a young black Muslim activist and spurned his Christian witness by kneeling in protest during the playing of the National Anthem. Prior to his dating of Nessa, a radical extremist, Kaepernick was very outspoken about his Christian faith. He had Psalm 18:39 tattooed on his right arm, but once Nessa got her hooks in Kaepernick, he threw his Christian faith and testimony into the trash and picked up on the racial disdain of his girlfriend.
Since his initial protest, hundreds of others have joined the disrespectful protest of the National Anthem and displaying of the American flag. Numerous NFL players have taken to their knees in blind protest, not understanding what the message is that they are really sending to millions of football fans. Some have suggested, and rightly so, that many of these prima donna athletes are only disrespecting the flag to get publicity and as a result of peer pressure.
Sadly, NFL officials have decided to risk the entire financial future of the NFL by not only allowing the protests to continue, but to even cater to the demands of the protesters by diverting millions of dollars from worthwhile charities to a couple of socialist activist groups.
The disrespectful and unpatriotic protests have reached to other realms of America and unfortunately, a number of young adults and teens have begun emulating their athletic heroes.
On Veterans Day, this past November, some students at Edina High School followed the indecent actions of NFL players but protesting during the playing of Taps and the National Anthem. Edina is a suburb on the southwest corner of Minneapolis. It has a population of just under 50,000 with a Democrat mayor. The city is known as a ‘cake-eater’ city, meaning that many of the residents are wealthy. The city also came under scrutiny recently for implementing a liberal agenda driven curriculum.
The school took no action against the protesting students, which is no surprise since many of America’s schools are nothing more than socialist training and brainwashing institutions.
However, members of the Young Conservatives Club did take exception to the protests and said so on social media, where they complained about the unpatriotic disrespect.
The club’s stance in defending the honor and respect for the National Anthem and our military resulted with school officials terminating the club. They claimed the club had violated school policy that calls for all students to respect each other. The school issued the following statement:
“Students shall recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America one or more times each week. Anyone who does not wish to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for any personal reasons may elect not to participate. Students and school employees must respect another person’s right to make that choice.”
Notice that school officials didn’t say anything about the failure of the protesting students to respect the members of our military or our National Anthem.
The club decided to stand up for their First Amendment rights and have filed a lawsuit against the school for terminating the club. They hired Erik Kaardal, an attorney with Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson. In a statement, Kaardal stated:
“The U.S. Flag Code preempts Edina High School’s requirement that students respect flag protesters—whatever that means. This is a clear case of discrimination against students with conservative beliefs by a school whose policies have been documented as promoting an extreme ideological agenda.”
Kaardal went to explain:
“The U.S. Flag Code indicates that we should respect the flag, we should honor the flag, and we should stand during [and] say the Pledge of Allegiance, and here the school district is sponsoring putting protests to the flag in a preferred position over honoring the flag.”
The problem facing many conservatives today is the legal push for unity. The question lies with whose unity is the one to conform to. Former US Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson (served 1941 – 1954), ruled in the 1943 case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette:
“As governmental pressure toward unity becomes greater, so strife becomes more bitter as to whose unity it shall be.”
“Ultimate futility of such attempts to compel coherence is the lesson of every such effort from the Roman drive to stamp out Christianity as a disturber of its pagan unity, the Inquisition, as a means to religious and dynastic unity, the Siberian exiles as a means to Russian unity, down to the fast failing efforts of our present totalitarian enemies. Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.”
Today’s America is fast becoming much like the Roman drive to stamp out Christianity, along with any form of conservatism and patriotism. While this case only involves one high school club, the legal decisions made in this case will impact schools and students throughout the United States. It will either defend and uphold the First Amendment rights of students or it will quash any conservative or patriotic efforts on campuses from coast to coast.