Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday he was surprised by media criticism of his wife’s decision to teach art at a school with devout Christian beliefs, and said he’s gotten lots of practice in forgiving his critics.
He was speaking to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian religious liberty organization, and ADF CEO Michael Farris asked him for advice on how to handle attacks on his faith and beliefs.
Mr. Pence said that as a politician he faces a lot of attacks, and had several pieces of advice. “No. 1 is, spend more time on your knees than on the internet,” he said. He also added: “Forgiveness is a great gift.”
This week, the NFL announced new rules regarding players “taking a knee” during the national anthem at NFL games.
The new options are: Stay in the locker room until after the anthem, or come out and stand – no taking a knee in peaceful protest. Those who do will be fined according to the NFL.
The practice was begun by quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest police brutality against African-Americans.
Donald Trump got involved and re-framed the issue saying the players are purposefully disrespecting the flag and anthem. He’s wrong.
Experts say the rule change is illegal because the league adopted its new policy without bargaining with the players union. When employees, including football players, are represented by a union, the employer — including a football league — can’t change the terms of employment without discussing the change with the union.
The folks at Buzzfeed put the owners’ statements alongside those of actual veterans who put their lives on the line for Americans to have the right to protest peacefully.
I’ll weigh in with this: this country was founded on the freedom to express ourselves in a peaceful manner. While some folks may buy Trump’s fake framing of the issue – that taking a knee is meant as a direct hit on our flag and anthem – the facts show it’s not the truth.
And, as you’ll see below, plenty of military veterans are open about the fact that they can love our flag AND support Americans exercising their constitutional right to peacefully protest.
“Commentary this morning about the Commissioner’s position on the Anthem is not accurate. As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together,” the league said in a statement.
Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence
(image via Twitter)
Vice President Mike Pence walked out of today’s NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts when several players from the 49ers took a knee during the singing of the national anthem.
Pence later tweeted (taking after his boss, I guess) to explain his position saying, in part, “While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.”
I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.
Following the example of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NFL players around the country have knelt during renditions of the national anthem in order to protest against police brutality and racial injustice directed towards black Americans.
More than a hundred NFL players from several football teams kneeled or held arms in solidarity earlier this month after President Donald Trump called NFL players who kneel during the anthem “sons of bitches.” He later insisted his criticism of the NFL had “nothing” to do with race.
Interestingly, Donald Trump chimed in saying he asked Pence to walk out making some wonder if Pence traveled to Indiana just to pull an orchestrated stunt – on the taxpayer’s dime:
I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.
During a press conference yesterday, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich shared his thoughts on the current #TakeAKnee protests by professional athletes regarding injustices and treatment of black Americans.
Popovich told the press, in part, “There has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change.”
Obviously, you know, race is the elephant in the room and we all understand that. Unless it is talked about constantly, it’s not going to get better. People get bored. ‘Oh, is it that again. They pulled the race card again. Why do we have to talk about that?’
Well, because it’s uncomfortable. There has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change. You know, whether it’s the LGBT movement, or women’s suffrage, race – it doesn’t matter.
People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people, because we’re comfortable. We still have no clue what being born white means. And, if you read some of the recent literature, you realize there really is no such thing as whiteness. We kind of made it up. That’s not my original thought, but it’s true.
It’s hard to sit down and decide that, yes, it’s like you’re at the 50-meter mark in a 100-meter dash. You’ve got that kind of a lead, yes, because you were born white. You have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically there. And they’ve been built up and cemented for hundreds of years.
But many people can’t look at it. It’s too difficult. It can’t be something that’s on their plate on a daily basis. People want to hold their position, people want their status quo, people don’t want to give that up. And until it’s given up, it’s not going to be fixed.
Watch those remarks below, and you can see the full 21-minute speech here.
Donald Trump has said he supports a peaceful protest because it’s an American’s right. But not this protest, and there’s the problem: Any protest you don’t agree with is a protest that should be stopped.
Martin Luther King should have marched across a different bridge. Young, black Americans should have gone to a different college and found a different lunch counter. And college kids in the 60s had no right to protest an immoral war.
The young, black athletes are not disrespecting America or the military by taking a knee during the anthem. They are respecting the best thing about America. It’s a dog whistle to the racists among us to say otherwise.
They, and all of us, should protest how black Americans are treated in this country. And if you don’t think white privilege is a fact, you don’t understand America.
Hansen concludes with the suggestion that “maybe we all need to read the Constitution again.”