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NFL Player Protests: Should NFL Players Stand or Kneel for the National Anthem?
Standing for the National Anthem is tradition.
Tradition is important in that it forms a sense of community. In
, for example, traditions bind them together.
Following the sentiments of the
Town of Greece Vs Galloway
Supreme Court ruling -- where prayer is allowed in town meetings, so long as it is consistent with tradition -- then it would be reasonable to assume the NFL can oblige people to stand during the anthem.
honors your ancestors' struggles
Players were never expected to be on the field
when the military asked owners to have their players take part in order to boost recruitment numbers.
Tradition isn't always worth following, especially during a protest.
By going against the grain of tradition, the action -- and thus the cause -- gain a lot of extra attention that it might not otherwise.