For a lot of leftists — and you can call this a generalization all you want — their religion is government and the push to increase its scope. Some politicians will even go so far as to compare a political action to an action done in worship of God. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is one such politician.
Emanuel appeared on the “intellectually stimulating” daytime talk show “The View” on Monday to discuss a myriad of topics, because as host Whoopi Goldberg said to Emanuel at the end of the interview, “You’re the best!”
Goldberg asked Emanuel about his changed opinion on NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
Here's part of what Emanuel said:
When it first happened three years ago and Colin [Kaepernick] took a knee, I was like, you know, ‘you have to respect America,’ and I didn’t think that was appropriate. You know, at the religious services of the high holiday, Jewish services — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur — we actually in the middle of services do take a knee and bow to God in our humbleness and understanding we have work to do to live up to God’s image and doing God’s work.
And as I started to expand my reading in the Islamic faith, the Catholic faith, at key moments one takes a knee in awe of both respect to God, but also humbly knowing that our work in seeing God’s work here on Earth is not done.
Blah, blah, blah, blah. We get it. For Emanuel, activism is akin to practicing one’s religion. This comparison is nothing new for leftists to make.
For Emanuel’s comments on protesting, both the current definition of what the left considers protests and the NFL’s continuing kneeling protests, watch below: