Shortly after converting to Islam, NFL player Colin Kaepernick developed an anti-American sentiment. He now chooses to sit during the National Anthem. I sit with him.
I sit with Colin Kaepernick because his symbolic speech is politically incorrect. Today when we imagine politically incorrect speech, we think of the mainstream media or left-wing academics censoring us. Yet anti-American speech is politically incorrect as well.
My vision of American includes people like Kaepernick saying he hates America and calling police officers pigs.
My vision of American also includes being able to ask if Islam is consistent with Western values. Did Kaepernick’s conversion to Islam make him hate America?
Today I’d be banned from universities for suggesting that Islam is incompatible with the West, and that all Muslim immigration to the U.S. should cease.
If you believe, as I do, that no topics should be off limits, then you have no choice but to sit with Kaepernick – metaphorically, of course, as I’ll always stand during the National Anthem.
I sit with Colin Kaepernick not because I’m more high-minded than my fellow Americans, who overwhelming are outraged at him.
I sit with Colin Kaepernick for, as Thomas More said in A Man for All Seasons, my own safety’s sake.
Wife: Arrest him!
More: For what?
Wife: He’s dangerous!
Roper: For all we know he’s a spy!
Daughter: Father, that man’s bad!
More: There’s no law against that!
Roper: There is, God’s law!
More: Then let God arrest him!
Wife: While you talk he’s gone!
More: And go he should, if he were the Devil himself, until he broke the law!
Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?
This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down (and you’re just the man to do it!), do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?
Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!
Of course everyone in America has a right to be angry and upset at Kaepernick, although that doesn’t seem like a great way to go through life.
Kaepernick isn’t breaking any laws, you don’t have to look at him, you don’t have to think about him at all. Why be angry?
If you are angry, remind yourself that it’s the left who is seeking to silence and censor. Join the Kaepernick outrage mob and you’ll see it turned back on you.
Stand up for free speech, be more tolerant, don’t get wound up because others disagree. That’s Gorilla Mindset.