(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) The Department of Defense pays professional sporting leagues to display patriotic symbols and play the national anthem before games.
Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, wants the federal government to stop subsidizing teams that don’t respect the flag and anthem. In a letter to President Donald Trump, he urged executive action to discontinue payments to sports teams who condone disrespect of the nation’s symbols of freedom.
“Federal law about the American flag and national anthem is clear. 4 U.S.C. § 8 states, ‘the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing’ and adds that ‘no disrespect should be shown to the flag.’ Further, 36 U.S.C. § 301 states, ‘During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart,’” Brooks said.
The DOD will spend nearly $600 million this year to advertise the U.S. military and ensure the public has a positive view of it.
Brooks said leagues that refuse to respect the country’s laws should not receive taxpayer money.
“The National Football League (NFL) is disrespecting America’s flag and national anthem. The NFL’s conduct is not only unpatriotic and deplorable, it also conflicts with federal law,” he said. “The NFL and its players and teams assert they have a First Amendment Freedom of Speech right to disrespect America’s flag and national anthem contrary to federal law. Perhaps. But American taxpayers certainly have the right to stop their hard-earned tax dollars being used to support disrespect for America’s flag and national anthem.”
Brooks said he is seeking support for the letter from his House colleagues.