This afternoon, after nearly two dozen players on the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the National Anthem before a game against the hometown Indianapolis Colts, Vice President Mike Pence walked out in his own counter-protest, saying on Twitter “I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”
I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
But the Religious Right is convinced Pence did the right thing. Among those cheering Pence’s decision was Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, who offered “Three cheers for Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen for walking out!”
It’s a strange position for him to hold considering what he said about five months ago when Pence delivered a commencement address at Notre Dame University. A number of students walked out on the Vice President for reasons that included his “opposition to gay rights, his attempts as governor to prevent Syrian refugees from resettling in Indiana, his support of President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban, and his opposition to sanctuary cities that do not enforce federal immigration laws.”
They, too, felt that the supposed patriot in front of them was doing more harm than good, and this was one way to show him how they felt.
Of course not. (Logic isn’t Graham’s strong suit.)
Graham said the students “must not have been taught the meaning of respect” and urged the school’s president to take their diplomas and “Just rip them up.”
Evangelical Christian hypocrisy shines through once again.