“A conservative pastor on President Donald Trump’s informal evangelical advisory council thinks NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to highlight racism should ‘be thanking God’ they haven’t been ‘shot in the head,'” the huffingtonpost.com reports, after catching Southern Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress on Fox and Friends (video below). When the mainstream media et al. freaked out, the leader of the First Baptist Church in Dallas issued a statement reaffirming his comments . . .
It is an absolute fact that in many countries of the world professional athletes would be imprisoned ― or worse ― for publicly opposing their nation’s anthem or disrespecting their national leaders. If any member of the press doubts this fact, then I would encourage them to take a trip to North Korea themselves, publicly shame Kim Jong Un and then see what happens. All of us should thank God every day that we live in a country where we do not have to fear government persecution for expressing our beliefs.
And why don’t Americans fear “government persecution for expressing our beliefs”? Because we’re armed. Well, a lot of us are. Including many NFL players.
And just in case you think Pastor Jeffress’ “head shot for protesters” rhetoric is over-the-top, check out the list of Kim’s killing methods in the foxnews.com’s story North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un’s executions: anti-aircraft guns, flamethrowers, mortars. As this is a gun site . . .
Anti-aircraft Guns – While these weapons were designed to take down enemy fighter jets, they have become a favorite method of execution for Kim. In 2015, reports surfaced from South Korean intelligence that the dictator’s Defense Minister Hyong Yong Chol was pulverized to death by an anti-aircraft gun after the young despot ordered his execution for falling asleep during an event and not carrying out instructions.
Hee Yeon Lim, a 26-year-old defector, recently told western media that she was part of a crowd of 10,000 ordered to watch the execution by anti-aircraft guns of 11 musicians who allegedly made a pornographic video.
“What I saw that day made me sick in my stomach. They were lashed to the end of anti-aircraft guns,” she said. “A gun was fired, the noise was deafening, absolutely terrifying. And the guns were fired one after the other.”
She added: “The musicians just disappeared each time the guns were fired into them. Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere…and then, after that, military tanks moved in and they ran over the bits on the ground where the remains lay.”
As the son of Holocaust survivor, proud American and constitutional conservative, I believe NFL players have a right to protest whatever they want, [pretty much] however they want and — assuming the League and team owners don’t object — wherever they want. But that doesn’t make it — or them — right. Or, for that matter, grateful.