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BENJAMIN E. ZELLER – WHY KAEPERNICK’S REFUSAL TO STAND IS AN ACT OF RELIGIOUS DISSENT

This past Friday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the audacious choice to remain seated during the playing of the national anthem as a form of political protest against police violence and racism in America.

The response against him has been swift, angry, and in many cases ugly. A series of commentators—mostly in the athletic and political spheres—lined up to rebuke him. So did the general public. For a taste of the sort of vitriol Kaepernick’s action inspired, simply scan the comments from online news reports, which call him un-American, selfish, naïve, treasonous, and dangerous.

Donald Trump even laid into him, “I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him.”

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