Oh come on now, Obama wasn’t that bad. The country managed to survive.
bigot – a person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions. Oxford dictionary A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from their own. Urban Dictionary I have just read a lot of comments here that come very close to those definitions, directed at those who have religious beliefs, particularly Christian. Calling someone a bigot (or racist, or sexist or homophobic) because of their views is itself bigotry and not a discussion of ideas. The degree of hatred expressed on these comment pages by those who purport to be disturbed by what they consider to be the evils of others, namely conservatives, the religious and even your President is truly alarming. By definition it borders on bigotry, much as I dislike using that term.
@siddiqqi44 Kneeling in prayer has been the respectful way of communicating with one’s God in many religions for centuries, just as standing at attention has been the respectful way of showing your patriotism and love of your country and its symbols for hundreds of years.
@hwolfe22 You are correct about his nationality. That had slipped my mind as the majority of players are still Canadian although the percentage is declining with more U.S. and European players competing. It is debatable whether leaving hockey was totally his choice after the reactions to his skipping the reception. It affected his welcome on the team and consequently his play. I did err on the year, as the white house invite was in January 2012 following the 2011 cup win. There is no need to malign his intelligence because you may not share his views, however.
@Rebecca Phillips You are correct about the statement Thomas issued. However he was well known as a Republican and speculation at the time was that he would not have taken such action if the President had been a Republican, as the article points out. Obama did not make an issue of it, but Thomas was just one player (although he had been the series MVP) and he was severely criticized in the press, particularly in Democratic Boston.
Sometimes the shoe is on the other foot. Tim Thomas was the Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruin Goaltender in 2013 but he was deeply opposed to the policies of the left’s golden boy Obama. He refused to join his team’s visit to the White House, and was loudly criticized in the press for his actions. It seems he was a right wing conservative and a Canadian to boot. Simply google Tim Thomas to see how his critics behaved. He was no longer welcomed by his own team, and was out of hockey shortly after. Very similar circumstances except he was a lone wolf. A good article is the following
Thanks Andy. That’s the way to tell it like it is. It doesn’t matter that no Eagle’s players knelt during the season. They supported this political debacle by refusing to attend a celebration in their own honour. Trump merely refused to be a part of their infantile and disrespectful “protest”.
The kneeling players are the ones who need the high chairs.
What about the innocent police being shot to death while simply doing their jobs or in many cases being ambushed for no logical reason. The opening ceremonies at a sporting event are not the place to protest an injustice. It is showing disrespect for the country, its flag and its anthem. Trump was totally right, when a majority of the eagle’s players decided to insult the planned event in their honour by continued ill advised protest. I feel sorry for the small handful of players and the coach who wanted to attend but felt they should show solidarity for the sake of their team and their jobs.
Punching the clock was one of those things I could never figure out when I was a little tyke. It was like when I had an Uncle Jerry who was in the army during WWII and I couldn’t understand why everyone said we were fighting the Jerrys. I liked him.