In a grotesque display of patriotism, a Baptist Pastor from Alabama declares that all who don’t stand for the National Anthem should be shot by those defending it. This happened during a High School football game, and he was the announcer. Of course, the crowd rejoiced, but many didn’t find it funny and spoke against it.
Since when does practicing our Constitutional rights afford us the right to be shot and killed? What other disagreements should the American people be killed for?
This argument is a slippery slope and definitely shouldn’t come out of anyone’s mouth, especially a Pastor’s. The church has since backpedaled saying the Pastor’s words were “taken out of context and misquoted.” And the post has since been deleted.
Law Newz has the full story:
Pastor Allen Joyner of Sweet Home Baptist Church in McKenzie, Alabama was the announcer at a high school football game Friday night, and he had some choice words for anyone who might not want to stand for the national anthem.
A Facebook post by someone in attendance (which does not appear to be publicly viewable, but was shared by AL.com) quoted the announcement:
If you don’t want to stand for the national anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots at you since they’re taking shots for you.
The writer of the post, Denise Crowley-Whitfield, said that the crowd cheered after the announcement, but the school’s superintendent, Amy Bryan, did not approve. “Patriotism should be a part of school events but threats of shooting people who aren’t patriotic, even in jest, have no place at a school,”