Consider other ways to interpret kneeling

first_imgI’ve lived long enough to remember when “taking a knee” could have meant genuflecting in a profound act of respect before a high altar or the cross, as well as an act of humility and seeking redress from a supreme power. Thus, POTUS 45 could be criticizing a quiet act of religious supplication. To trample the right to pray would be hypocritical, since he ran on a Christian platform with much ballyhoo about his religious convictions. He would do himself and his nation a service to consider that there are other possible interpretations. Some of us hope that stating our goal in public supports its scope. In this vein, I noted and accepted that some professional athletes were “taking a knee” during our National Anthem and patriotic displays. It surprised me to hear our president characterize the act as disrespectful and abhorrent and to make a prolonged public issue of it. I admit to being naïve on football, but no one can be so naïve that they believe that there is, in the United States, “liberty and justice for all” at all times and places. Many of us proudly repeat those words with our hands over our hearts as a hope and a promise and a commitment to the value of a communal goal. We also feel pride and gratitude that the opportunities for liberty and justice are manifold in our lives and in our nation. What I dislike the most is the fact that average Americas are being asked to regard this peaceful and quiet act as unpatriotic or even civil disobedience. This is language perversion and madness promoted by, no surprise, our chief perverter and divider. ScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation BETTY PIEPER Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img