Cavaliers’ Dion Waiters skips out on anthem; citing Muslim religion

Cavaliers’ Dion Waiters skips out on anthem; citing Muslim religion

dnwtrsEven though the Star Spangled Banner could hardly be characterized as a Christian hymn, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters won’t stand for the National Anthem before games. He claims it is due to his Islamic faith, and holes up in the locker room instead. 

According to Fox Sports,

Some practicing Muslims consider standing for national anthems to be against their religion, viewing it as form of worship, but this is a debated interpretation among most Muslim scholars. Waiters did stand for the national anthem Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets, so it’s unclear what his intentions are for the season.

In 1996 former Nuggets point guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf took the same stance as Waiters, and it was met with much controversy. Abdul-Rauf was dealt a one-game suspension before agreeing that he would close his eyes in prayer during the anthem instead of skipping it.

As for Waiters, some media outlets are speculating that this might be a reason why the guard lost his starting job. Haynes, however, said Waiters “appears to be in a happier state.”

There is not a single reference to God or religion in the Star Spangled Banner’s main verse. Nor is America much of a Judeo-Christian nation anymore. This is yet another symptom of the Islamization of America – objecting to American and Judeo-Christian traditions in order to drive them out of public society and practice. Next thing you know, there will be an insistence that an Islamic song also be sung before basketball games to make it fair, otherwise, remove the anthem.

This is America, love it or leave it!

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2016.

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