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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wanted to play football, not politics. Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva felt he had a higher duty. Thus, the former Army Ranger was the only Steeler visible on Sunday during the playing of the national anthem before the Steelers took on the Chicago Bears.
Tomlin admitted that two days after President Donald Trump tweeted out his condemnation of anthem protests, sparking a fierce negative reaction among NFL players, he wanted unity. Tomlin had said before the game that the team would not be on the field for the anthem, citing the players’ decision. Afterward, he said he wanted to respected what his players felt was best.
“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin said.
He said he let the players decide, with one condition.
“Many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing,” Tomlin said.
“They discussed it for an appropriate length of time and they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful in the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the president,” he added, saying the team decided to remain out of view.
Tomlin said his focus was the game, not the anthem.
“We’re not politicians. We’re coaches and professional athletes,” Tomlin said Sunday. “If those of us or individuals choose to participate in politics in some way I’m going to be supportive of that. But when we come out of locker rooms, we come out of locker rooms to play football games.”
Offensive tackle Chris Hubbard said the players, by a slim majority, voted in favor of staying off the field instead of standing on the sideline holding hands, but that players knew Villanueva was going to do what he wanted.
“Al was cool with it, with whatever we went through. He was on board. That’s Al, man,” Hubbard told Penn Live. “He’s a good guy.”
“We thought we were all in attention with the same agreement, obviously,” said linebacker James Harrison. “But, I guess we weren’t.”
Villanueva, A Bronze Star recipient who three tours of duty in Afghanistan, has said there is a difference between changing society and protesting during the anthem.
“I agree that America is not perfect, I agree there are lot of issues with minorities in this country, I agree we should do something about it,” Villanueva in August 2016, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But I don’t know if the most effective way is to sit down when the national anthem of the country that is providing you freedom and providing you $16 million a year is the best way to do it when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan and protecting our freedom for less than $20,000 a year.”
“I just know I’m very thankful to be an American,” Villanueva said.
Authored By: Jordan Schachtel | February 22, 2017
Overwhelmed with joy after being freed from the grip of the Islamic State, some Syrian women have taken to burning the veils that they were forced to wear while living under the control of the terror group.
Video of the celebrations emerged Wednesday on a YouTube channel affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Syrian rebel group made up mostly of Kurdish fighters. The video shows men, women, and children all singing and dancing to celebrate their liberation from the Islamic State. Two of the women in the video take off their veil and proceed to light it ablaze in celebration. Two other women celebrate their freedom by lighting up a cigarette, while children are seen dancing in the streets.
Syrian women deciding to torch their burqas and veils has become a common occurrence upon being freed from ISIS rule. To many, it is a symbol of oppression.
“Damn this stupid invention that they made us wear,” a Syrian woman said in August after she was liberated by the SDF. “We’re humans, we have our freedom.”
The Islamic State has ordered women in Iraq and Syria to wear full veils or be subject to “serious punishment.”
The SDF is a critical component of the U.S.-backed coalition battling the Islamic State, as Kurdish forces are engaged in a campaign to cut off ISIS supply lines throughout the country. In recent days, they have continued to push further into ISIS-held territory, liberating many towns and villages along the way. According to Kurdish news outlet Rudaw, the SDF “crossed into Deir ez-Zur province [in Syria] for the first time Tuesday.”
SDF troops plan on continuing their push forward until they reach Raqqa, which is known as the Syrian headquarters of the Islamic State.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jordan Schachtel is the nationals security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel
“It is universally admitted that a well-instructed people alone can be a permanently free people.”
— President James Madison, Message to Congress, Dec. 5, 1810.
How well will you score on the Freedom Quiz Survey?
What is the most important concept for Americans to understand about their freedom?
“The American People have lost the power to govern themselves because they do not have the knowledge to do so. Self-governance is freedom and our freedom is slipping away because the people no longer understand how freedom was obtained.
“Our educational systems have generally failed when it comes to teaching the principles of American government. Instead of learning self-government, generations have learned that government and professional politicians will do things for us that used to be considered personal responsibility. But Christians must instead look in the mirror. In many cases our churches have failed in the same way. Instead of equipping the people in the pews to do the good works for which we were created, many churches have taught people to let professional Christians do what every Christian should be doing for themselves.”
He adds that, “timeless truths about knowledge are found in the Bible.” They include:
- My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).
- Receive My instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold (Pr 8:10).
- Wise men lay up knowledge but the mouth of the fool is near destruction (Pr 10:14).
- …through knowledge shall the just be delivered (Pr 11:9).
- The lips of the wise disperse knowledge (Pr 15:7).
- …the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel (Pr 20:15).
- …by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches (Pr 24:4).
- … a man of knowledge increases strength (Pr. 24:5).
- Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged (Pr 28:2).
And Christians can be equipped to learn more about their responsibility as citizens. He points to two key verses in the New Testament:
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service…” (Eph. 4:11-12).
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk… ” (Heb. 5:12).”
Sherman argues that “freedom is being destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” And as a pastor and leader in his community, he is first encouraging Christians to learn “the elementary principles of citizenship,” rooted in their faith. Otherwise, as citizens they are guaranteed to lose their freedom.
Former Republican presidential candidate Governor Mike Huckabee agrees– and encourages every citizen, especially Christians, to take this first step in reclaiming the truths of America’s founding. He says, “Brad Sherman shared his Knowledge Is Power Project strategy with me and… If you are looking for a way to take action and make a difference in the fight to restore the foundations of freedom in America, this deserves your consideration.”
Take the Freedom Quiz and find out how well you know American principles and the U.S. Constitution.
For all my conservative friends out there, the following video is one that will cause your liberal friends heads to explode. So, share it with caution.
Jerry Broussard of WhatDidYouSay.org
By Brian Lonergan | March 11, 2016
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. used a recent discussion on criminal justice reform to draw a connection between the end of slavery and the Second Amendment, saying, “the abolition of slavery was inevitably due to the arming of blacks.”
Appearing at a panel on criminal justice reform at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on March 3, Clarke cited the writings of 19th century abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass in support of gun ownership by fugitive and freed slaves.
“Douglass strongly supported the right of fugitive slaves to have and use weapons to resist kidnapping,” he said. “When government fails to protect the just right of any individual man, that man rests on his original right of self-defense even if it means shooting down his pursuers. Slavery is a system of brute force. It must be met with its own weapons.”
“He went on to say that freedom was worth fighting for,” Clarke continued. “Slaves plus guns equal freedom. The abolition of slavery was inevitably due to the arming of blacks. Now if you think for one minute that I’m going to cede these rights back to the federal government or any government or any court, you’d better think again.”
A vocal defender of Second Amendment rights, Clarke concluded his statement by holding up a copy of the Constitution and saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, I will fight for your rights under this document like it were my right, and it is. And I will die fighting for this document.”
Clarke was joined on the panel at CPAC by Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia attorney general, Pat Nolan, director of the American Conservative Union’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform, and Washington Times reporter Kelly Riddell.
David A. Clarke Jr., a Democrat, was elected to a 4-year term as the sheriff of Milwaukee County in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In those elections he won, respectively, with 74%, 78%, 74%, and 79% of the vote.