Colin Kaepernick Shouldn’t Be Criticized for Sitting During the National Anthem

Last night, before the start of a preseason game, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the singing of the National Anthem. It didn’t even become a story until well after the game ended, when a website brought it up, but it’s become a full-blown controversy today with people calling for Kaepernick to be fired, deported, or worse (depending on which anonymous commenters or right-wing blowhards you’re listening to).

But make no mistake: He did absolutely nothing wrong, and his patriotism shouldn’t be called into question.


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UK Christian Group Says “Turning Gay” Didn’t Help Struggling Olympic Diver

Tom Daley is the British diver who failed to qualify for the finals in the Olympics’ Men’s 10m platform diving competition despite scoring highest in the preliminary round. It was just a rough day for him. The dives didn’t go his way. But the UK-based advocacy group Christian Voice rubbed it in with a dose of homophobia, suggesting that his sexual orientation didn’t do him any favors.


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Conservative Columnist Says LGBT Activists Have Gone Too Far in Calling out BYU’s Bigotry

Last week, a coalition of 25 groups urged the Big 12 conference, which is looking to expand its current roster of 10 member schools, not to allow Brigham Young University to join because of the Utah school’s bigotry toward LGBT students. Among other things, BYU suspends or expels students who are openly gay and is exempt from Utah’s LGBT non-discrimination laws.

Conservative columnist Neal Larson sees this whole controversy as overreach by LGBT activists. Somehow.


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Newspaper: Praying Football Coach’s Lawsuit Against District Is “Waste of Time and Resources”

We posted last week about how Joe Kennedy, the former assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington who kept praying on the field despite several warnings that he was violating the law, had filed a lawsuit against the District after they chose not to renew his contract.

It’s not surprising that church/state separation advocates don’t believe he has a case, but check out this blistering editorial from a local newspaper, the Kitsap Sun.

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Netflix Series Last Chance U Shows Football Players Subject to Illegal Christian Proselytizing

The Netflix series Last Chance U is all about the players on the East Mississippi Community College football team, some of whom were kicked out of their elite Division I programs or didn’t have the grades to compete at that level. The show has received really positive reviews since it became available a couple of weeks ago.

In addition to the uplifting stories, however, there’s another side of the story that got very little coverage: This is a football team where coaches pray with students and push the Bible, acts that might seem inspirational but still violate the law:


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