President Trump called players who do not stand for the National Anthem “Sons of Bitches.” A mother of an NFL player said that made her a “proud bitch.”
Perhaps President Trump heard that Nixon succeeded politically by lashing out at students who protested the Vietnam War. He might be right in his calculation.
There were as some of us remember flag burning back then. There were Olympic athletes who held up their fists during award ceremonies.
I wrote recently teams could eliminate protests during the anthems by eliminating the anthem performance. Protesters now do not want this to happen because it gives them a theatrical opportunity to bring attention to themselves and their views. The President does not want the Anthem eliminated because it is a political theatrical opportunity for himself. Playing the anthem provides priceless political theater to both sides.
Prayers before public meetings is, to me, another form of political theater. By keeping this custom officials can pretend a public meeting held to conduct mundane public business has some lofty or higher purpose. Thus the theatrical prayers.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison, WI, has been going across the South banning these prayers and picking up members. They find the theatrical prayers good for themselves.
The Bible admonishes believers (paraphrasing) “not to do theatrical prayers like the Pharisees.” But, believers ignore this scripture because prayers as political theater has worked well for them.
It is remarkable how devout believers condemn the Pharisees while endorsing them.