Megan Rapinoe Knows What It Really Means to Be Patriotic

by Tony Wyman If any male footballer had struck the same pose as Megan Rapinoe struck after scoring the winning goal that earned the United States Women’s National Soccer Team their second consecutive World Cup title, the sporting world would barely have taken note. After all, such displays of brashness and boldness are common among male athletes.  Players in men’s leagues used to rip their shirts off in celebration, but now that practice is banned, they make self-aggrandizing jaunts to the corner flags every time the ball touches the back…

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Situational Ethics and the Hypocrisy of Judgment in the Last Election

By Janice Barlow We are faced with choices every day. We hear all the time that we should not judge; it is up to God to judge. That’s not the case. It’s up to God to impose judgment, but we discern many times daily. We should, however, not change how we feel about something based on the situation. That is called “situational ethics, “ and it turns us into people who have no solid core values or beliefs. We have become a nation of moral relativists. Some examples will illustrate…

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Hefner, Trump and the National Anthem…We Can Judge it All

By Janice Barlow After a much needed vacation, I came back to an incongruous pile of topics, that, on the surface appeared to have little substance in common. But oh contraire! There is a boatload of fodder to sift through, the goal being how to keep this piece from drifting into novella territory. I’ll be the judge of that. The week started out with a horrendous hurricane, Maria, making the island U.S. territory of Puerto Rico a bullseye. Within 24 hours, over 3 million people were without power or running…

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Does The NFL Have A Rule Requiring Players To Stand During The National Anthem?

by Richard Cameron If you have been following the debate on the sideline protests in the NFL on social media and in forums, you have heard people making claims and counter-claims about whether the National Football League has a rule mandating that players must stand during the national anthem. The notion here, underlines the controversy of whether athletes are violating league rules prohibiting players from not observing patriotic rituals in one certain manner. Donald Trump, himself, is under the impression that the players are violating league rules.  Is there such…

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Compulsory Patriotism – Why I Don’t Insist You Salute Or Observe Anything

1930s era photo of Nazi women saluting Swastika

by Richard Cameron   I’ve seen a lot of angry people expressing their outrage about football players kneeling during the anthem. I respect their right to their viewpoint, while at the same time, I don’t share it.  Donald Trump, predictably, got in the middle of this, seeing in it another opportunity to exploit the anger of his remaining base voters.  At a rally in Alabama, Trump juiced up the crowd with, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that…

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Colin Kaepernick And Now Marshawn Lynch. Is Patriotism A Pre-Requisite For Professional Sports?

by Richard Cameron This summer, as former San Francisco 49er, Colin Kaepernick was looking for a place to land in the NFL and there were a few signs of interest and some tugs on the line (Baltimore Ravens) but as of yet, no solid interest  – a lot of discussion centered around whether the non-signings had more to do with  Kaepernick’s controversial behavior, kneeling during the National Anthem in San Francisco, or with his arguably sub-par performance on the field. Now, while the pot is still boiling on that debate, along…

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