I think it's time for Atheists to join STEM scientists and athletes in nonviolent protest of racial injustice and white supremacy.
Across the US, scientists have posted pictures to social media as part of the #ScientistsTakeAKnee campaign.
In pictures, videos and messages posted to social media on Tuesday (26.09.17), scientists in the United States joined an online debate highlighting racial injustice in the country.
Under the hashtag #ScientistsTakeAKnee, people or groups connected to the "STEM" fields of science, technology, engineering and math documented themselves as they dropped down to one knee in solidarity with African-Americans.
We too can should use social media to demonstrate that the hate speech coming from our government doesn't represent us. I'm not proud of our country right now.
I commend and respect your service, Tom. So you are literally saying when you have occasion to be at a ceremony or sports event or whatever and the national anthem is played you remain seated? I'm not playing "gotcha" if you say "yes" then I respect you and I would be willing to punch in the face anyone who wants to force you to stand up.
Whether or not it is literally respectful or disrespectful I guess is more of a philosophical question, as is whether it is "valid."
It is a fact that it is widely, overwhelmingly considered by most Americans to be disrespectful. That's a fact.
Your "right" to do so is not at question, I hope you are not implying I question that, I would fight to defend that right.
My issue is it is silly and deceptive to pretend anything other than standing quietly during the national anthem is respectful. Be honest and just say you're being disrespectful, it's allowed.
Whether it's disrespectful or not is opinion. And that's a fact.
That's pretty much why I said:
"Whether or not it is literally respectful or disrespectful I guess is more of a philosophical question, as is whether it is "valid."
It is a fact that it is widely, overwhelmingly considered by most Americans to be disrespectful. That's a fact."
Earn. That was easy. Your point?
If the police come to your door, or Ruth's, intent on arresting you for something you said here, I would want to fight, scratch, and claw to defend you. It may not be practical, I have my own family to take care of but my inclination would be to help you in any way.
That kind of defense of a right to protest is quite fucking different from thinking I should personally approve, applaud, or respectfully be quiet if I think what is being said is bullshit. Thinking someone's protest dopey, fatuous, disrespectful and counterproductive is different from wanting it squelched.
See the difference?