Faith Leaders Say There are Alternatives to ‘Disrespecting Flag’

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) On “Fox and Friends” this morning, Ainsley Earhardt talked with Pastor Robert Jeffress and Reverend Michael Faulkner, a former defensive lineman for the New York Jets, about NFL players’ protests of the American flag and national anthem.

Faith Leaders Say There are Alternatives to 'Disrespecting Flag'

Robert Jeffress & Michael Faulkner/IMAGE: Fox News via YouTube

Jeffress said the players have legitimate issues to protest, but he said they’re doing it incorrectly.

“There is a better way to protest social injustice, without disrespecting our country or disrespecting our country’s leaders,” Jeffress said. “A few years ago you had those Oregon Christian bakers who were almost driven into bankruptcy for practicing their faith. That’s injustice. But they didn’t respond by calling then-President Obama a bum.”

“I think what these players are doing is absolutely wrong,” he continued. “These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they’re not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they’re also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be if they were in North Korea.”

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Faulkner said the players have protested for the sake of protest, without trying to improve dialogue.

“After they’ve protested, they need to do something to move forward the dialogue,” he said. “As an American, I love this country. I have a responsibility to not only protest, but to defend its flag, to defend its borders, and to be a part of the American dialogue and debate. Simply protesting is not enough. After you’ve gotten up off your knee in prayer, you need to take action and do something about it.”

“We give them too much credit. They’re only athletes. They’re not Navy Seals. These are not military people. These are entertainers,” Faulkner said. “They are not the spokespeople that we want to promote them to be.”

Watch Jeffress and Faulkner discuss the role of protests in America: