Are peoples’ opinions that you disagree with not allowed? This question has been heavily put to the test as football players have been swarmed with abhorrence. This anger has been brought to them through the protest that they have acted with, not standing or kneeling during the national anthem, in the past few years. Football players should be protected by the first amendment of the constitution, which is for free speech and protest. Football players should not be punished for their opinion and issue in which they protest in the United States because it brings awareness to society issues, use social status, and even though people disagree that the protest should not happen during the National Anthem.
It protects citizens of the United States from Congress supporting one religion over others and restricting an individual’s religious choice. This enforces separation of church and state. The first amendment guarantees the right for society to come together and to petition their government. It also allows society the freedom of expression, so congress cannot silence the press or person who is speaking freely. This possibly is the most important to Americans - freedom of speech.
For example, U.S court arrested Schenck accused of threatening the army which affected the national security through sending flyers to future army recruits motivating them to ignore their draft notices (Candela Open Courses, n.d.). prohibited any person who can violate It is helpful in the process of democracy because Americans beliefs and opinions are important to their national negotiation and maintains a responsible citizen. It has impacted the lives of the people in a way that an Americans can deliver any message in a way they wish. There is also freedom to worship as you want. Americans are allowed to believe in any religion, or not having any at all.
Holly Pryle Emily Chappell English 121 22 March 2018 Kneeling for the Anthem Every American child is raised with the knowledge that they were born in a country that by law gives them freedom of self-expression and the right to protest. However, this right does not mean that people must agree with you and in many cases, groups wind up at odds over differing opinions. Over the past few years America has seen many examples of this, most notably football players protesting injustice by kneeling during the anthem. This form of protest has sparked much controversy and has caused more harm than good. The protesters have divided their fans and disrespected the nation.
Freedom of religion is another very important right. People are allowed to believe in what they choose to or they can decide to believe in nothing at all. Freedom of Religion makes a living in the United States better because in other countries there is a certain religion everyone has to follow. Freedom of Protesting is people who get together for a cause and whether its good or bad the protest should be allowed to by the government. People may create protest against you or to help you in anything they want.
Individuals feel that no problems exist about racial equality or social injustices.Some argue that protesting the national anthem is like protesting the country and our veterans. Kneeling is not about disrespecting the military or the veterans. It is about trying to get the country, people in government, to open their eyes to all of the turmoil going on around the world. People are distraught, upset and sick of the violence, police brutality, social and racial injustices going on. Just as Martin L. King Jr. protested against the racial injustices years ago and non violently protested, students are finding other ways to stand up for what they believe in and what should be fair treatment for all.
We are constitutionally protected for our freedom of speech. However during time of war that can change if it affects the army. For example trying to persuade young men from signing up for draft, which is illegal in or out of war, would be illegal, do to the need of men in some wars. Senator Robert M. La Follette talked about this on October 6, 1917 in a speech called “Free Speech in War Time.” He stated how we, American citizens, should keep the right to freedom of speech even in time of war. In addition to that we should be more alert of the preservation of this right, because we don’t want to lose it.
People assume that these words have no impact or effect because their own president continually uses them. What type of example are we setting for the generations to come? Are we telling them to stereotype every Muslim as a terrorist, every Mexican a rapist or every African American as a criminal? These immigrants come into the country with the same hope as those
In the United States of America, its people know their right to speak up if they believe they want to make a point. All over the country, Americans would traditionally stand up as the national anthem played until a professional NFL player decided to kneel before it. Quickly the news spread and made people have different opinions on his actions as if whether it was disrespectful or a proper way to state something. I believe that taking a knee through the "Star Spangled Banner" is acceptable for two reasons; both because talking part of a silent protects in only Kaepernick 's form of exercising his constitutional right to say and because it draws awareness about how things within our country that still need to change. Some people may see the kneeling protest as a disrespect towards the men and women who have fought and died in the United States.
In 2011, Ivan Eland wrote an article deploring Americans to pay more attention to the use of the words patriotism and militarism. Eland states, “ The United States was founded on principles of anti-militarism, permanent U.S. military meddling abroad was avoided until after World War II.” Patriotism means to love a country, nowadays it means to serve the country and wave the flag. What many United States citizens don’t understand is that supporting the armed forces is not patriotic, it is nationalistic. A patriotic citizen asks questions before going to war; a nationalistic citizen supports the government and its decisions no matter what (Eland, 2011). Eland proposes a solution by not taunting military people, but by realizing how militaristic America has become, distinguishing patriotism from militarism, and decoupling the military from militarism.