Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore weighed in on continuing NFL protests Wednesday, telling supporters that kneeling during the national anthem “not only demonstrates a lack of patriotism for our Country but a disrespect for the rule of law.”
The Alabama Republican offered his thoughts on the NFL situation via Facebook, writing:
As a West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, I know what it means to stand for our flag, defend our country and advance the freedoms America represents around the world.
Kneeling during our national anthem not only demonstrates a lack of patriotism for our Country but a disrespect for the rule of law. Title 36 of the United States Code, Section 301 states that all persons present during the National Anthem ‘should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart’.
I fully support President Trump and Vice President Pence in asking all Americans to stand for our flag during the playing of our National Anthem out of respect for our laws and all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.
Moore was immediately attacked by detractors making erroneous claims that the judge had claimed it is illegal to kneel for the national anthem.
The code Moore cited, reads as follows:
DESIGNATION.—The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
CONDUCT DURING PLAYING.—During a rendition of the national anthem— when the flag is displayed— all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the
heart; men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and individuals in uniform should give the military
salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
The operative word, repeated multiple times, is “should.”
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