Florida Law on Pledge, Anthem Unconstitutional

Florida seems to be a hotspot for forced exhibitions of nationalism. That's where one principal threatened students who didn't stand for the pledge or the anthem. But the state as a whole has an unconstitutional law on the books requiring parental permission not to stand. … [Read more...]

Greta Christina on the True Nature of Patriotism

My friend Greta Christina frustrates me sometimes, mostly because she so often manages to express perfectly what I've been trying to say in a far more ham-handed fashion. This post about patriotism and protest, developed with Charone Nix, Mandisa Thomas and someone else whose name I don't recognize, is a perfect example. … [Read more...]

Principal Promises to Defy Constitution if Students Don’t Stand for Pledge

A public school principal in Florida is promising -- threatening -- to violate the rights of students by punishing them if they don't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem. Please try that. You'll be sued and you'll lose. … [Read more...]

Football Coach Gives Amazingly Stupid Arguments on Kaepernick Protest

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is pretty much exactly what you would expect from a rich, white, southern football coach -- ignorant as hell about anything other than football and absolutely clueless on matters of race. He was asked if he would punish one of his players for copying Kaepernick and he said no. Good so far. But then... … [Read more...]

King: Kaepernick is Helping ISIS!

You can always count on Rep. Steve King, the second dumbest man in the U.S. House, to take the usual faux outrage and turn it up to 11. He says that Colin Kaepernick is helping ISIS by refusing to stand for the National Anthem and should be fired. … [Read more...]

Kilmeade: Kaepernick is Stirring Up Racial Divisions

Brian Kilmeade, the 2nd dumbest man on Fox News (sandwiched between Steve Doocy, the undisputed #1, and Eric Bolling) is very concerned, people. He's concerned that Colin Kaepernick is causing trouble between white folk and black folk. … [Read more...]

Catholic Diocese to Enforce Mandatory Displays of Nationalism

The Catholic Diocese of Camden, New Jersey is warning football players at its high schools not to join in the protest against racial injustice prompted by Colin Kaepernick. The letter reminds them that they have no free speech rights in their schools. … [Read more...]

AL Pastor Wants Those Who Don’t Stand for Anthem Murdered

The football games at McKenzie High School in Alabama are announced by a guy is also the pastor of a local Baptist church. He's also a pseudo-patriot with violent fantasies as he told the crowd on Friday night that if they didn't stand for the National Anthem should be shot by the military. … [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer Declares Kaepernick a Criminal

Bryan Fischer is, as always, utterly clueless and hypocritical when it comes to Colin Kaepernick's protest. He actually declares him to be a criminal because he's violating the U.S. Flag Code, a law that is customary only and carries no civil or criminal penalties whatsoever. … [Read more...]

Niose on the Dangers of Instilling Patriotism

David Niose of the American Humanist Association focuses his latest column in Psychology Today to the dangers of America's endless attempts to both instill and enforce "patriotism." He sums up very well arguments I've tried to articulate but not nearly as eloquently. … [Read more...]

American Family Association Wants Kaepernick Punished

The American Family Association, which purports to be "pro-family" (unless they include gay people, of course) and all about moral purity, are branching out into policing symbolic nationalism by putting out a petition demanding that the NFL punish Colin Kaepernick for his protests. … [Read more...]

Megan Rapinoe Joins Kaepernick’s Protest

In case you needed another reason to love the US Women's Soccer Team, Megan Rapinoe just gave you another one. Before a game with the professional team she plays for, she knelt during the national anthem to show her support for Colin Kaepernick's protest against racial injustice. … [Read more...]