To the Editor:
In a recent press article, the Camden, N.J., diocese – Camden Catholic, Paul VI, Gloucester Catholic, St. Joseph, Wildwood Catholic and Holy Spirit – is condemned for announcing that any student athletes who kneel for the national anthem will be subject to a two-game suspension.
Due to recent NFL players’ refusal to stand for the national anthem, the diocese went on to clarify the Office of Catholic Schools’ position.
It was noted, “Our schools are founded on the teaching of respect and honor; respect and honor for God, Country and duly appointed authority. It is expected that our administrator and coaches as well as our athletes shall show respect during prayer, pledges and the playing or singing of the National Anthem.”
The diocese continued, “We are not public institutions, and free speech in all of its demonstrations, including protests, is NOT a guaranteed right.”
In the form of a threat, the NAACP’s Camden County branch disagreed with the idea of suspension for a “free-speech act.” The NAACP said of the diocese, “They are treading on dangerous ground, especially being a religious institution.”
It is these sort of threats that have stifled all Christians and have been on the path of destruction of one of the greatest faiths in the founding of our beloved United States. Many other non-Christian faiths speak of and practice their political beliefs freely without threats.
Wake up, America.