Dis­re­spect was in eye of be­holder

The Columbus Dispatch - - Letters To The Editor -

It was an­other Sun­day and some NFL play­ers con­tinue to take a knee. Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence was so “of­fended” that he had to leave the game. Once again it was smoke and mir­rors for the po­lit­i­cal base.

When I first saw a player kneel, I did not see an “SOB” dis­re­spect­ing the flag, the mil­i­tary, or the na­tional an­them. I saw a man hum­ble him­self as he lis­tened to the an­them of the United States of Amer­ica. I saw his act as a sym­bol to say pray for the men and women who died in ser­vice of this coun­try, pray for the vic­tims of sense­less mur­ders, pray for racist vi­o­lence to end, pray that our lead­ers will find ways to heal the di­vi­sion within this coun­try not con­tinue to di­vide the peo­ple. Per­haps all of us need to take a step back, lis­ten to the na­tional an­them, and take a knee to pray for this coun­try.

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