What do these things have in common? NFL players ‘bending the knee’ during the national anthem to protest treatment of African Americans. Removal of Confederate statues from public areas. Black Lives Matter. Muslims in America.
Simple – they cause wing nut outrage. Throw in temper tantrums from the past over happy holidays coffee cups, flag burning, taking down Confederate flags from state capitals, not wearing flag lapel pins, transgender bathrooms for kids, etc. Strange outbursts over seemingly petty issues – a conundrum to the educated liberal?
The key is rather banal. The wing nut world view is a 2-dimensional comic book, formed in elementary school, before the introduction of critical thinking, where God, America, Soldiers and Football are all conflated. Don’t look for any depth …the wing nut is fixated on the symbology and ritual behavior, the perspective of the 10 year old in Sunday School.
Theirs is a religion without theology, a patriotism without civics, opinions without consequence. The crimes, or sins for them rest not in liberalism, but in disrespecting their sacred symbols and rituals – killing their sacred cows, so to speak. And they react like any extremist religious group whose symbols are disrespected – by lashing out angrily and sometimes violently.