Obama Signs Executive Order Banning The National Anthem At All Sporting Events Nationwide

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President Obama has signed an Executive Order banning the National Anthem with fines and jail time beginning December 1st of this year. (Reuters Photo / Dennis System)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Early this morning, President Obama made what could very well prove to be the most controversial move of his presidency with the signing of Executive Order 14302, which makes it illegal to perform the national anthem at sporting events nationwide. Under the new order, it is now illegal to perform or recite the national anthem in any public venue. Because the anthem is primarily performed before sporting events, this is where the new order will have its biggest impact. Individuals who violate this order can face fines of up to 5,000 dollars and up to one year in federal prison.

The president said that his decision is a show of solidarity with the athletes who have been taking a knee during the anthem to protest police brutality. The President went on to say that the language used in the anthem is “violent” and “hostile to African Americans.”

“If the recent protests by athletes like San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick have taught us anything, it’s that the anthem is far too violent and far too polarizing to have any place in the national discourse. Our nation is being torn apart by a song, a song that is outdated and, jingoistic. Without swift action, we cannot move forward as a nation; we cannot heal the wounds of racial division. How can we expect our police officers to stop killing African Americans when the very song of our nation is one that glorifies killing?”

Obama said that he would consider rescinding the order if Congress can come up with a politically correct version that more accurately reflects our changing values as a nation.

“The days of the United States being a domineering world power that seeks to police the entire world through military force are coming to an end,” Obama said. “We need an anthem that reflects the nation we are becoming, not the nation we used to be.”

It has now been over two months since Kaepernick was first spotted sitting down as the national anthem was sung at a preseason NFL game because he refused to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

In a relatively short period of time, his protest of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States has captivated the country and sparked a debate not only about the state of race relations in America, but about what exactly it means to be a patriot.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has already offered her support of President Obama’s decree and has vowed to uphold the order if she wins in November’s general election. She echoed his concerns about the anthem’s militaristic language and called it one of the last remnants of slavery.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had some harsh words for both President Obama and democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over the new Executive Order.

“The hatred that President Obama and crooked Hillary have for this country really knows no bounds,” Trump said at a press conference this morning in southern Iowa. “I can tell you that when I’m elected I’ll have them both thrown in jail, and I’ll make sure that they have to listen to the anthem in their jail cells all day long. I just hope we can stop them from rigging the election.”

Chicago Cubs third baseman Paul Horner said that he will refuse to play until the President’s order is reversed.

“The national anthem is part of the game,” Horner told ESPN. “He might as well outlaw peanuts and crackerjacks. We always sing the anthem before we play ball, so if they aren’t going to sing the anthem, I’m not going to play ball. I think you’re going to find that I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’ve already got at least ten teammates who are ready to join me in a show of solidarity. I really think we can start a trend here.”

The reaction to the new Executive Order has not been all negative, however. Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who has himself taken a knee in protest of the National Anthem, called this “A great day not just for African Americans, but for all Americans who value freedom.” He said that “encouraging people to sing a song that contains such blatant nationalism and militarism makes us no better than North Korea”, and causes the majority of Americans to behave like “a pack of rabid, mind-controlled zombies.”

Obama also managed to garner the support of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

“People like to watch sports because they provide a distraction from their day to day lives,” the commissioner’s office told CNN via e-mail. “There is no need to taint that with political statements. I applaud the President’s leadership on this difficult issue.”

Sarah Bradley, a spokeswoman for Sock It Forward, a group that provides the homeless and those less fortunate with brand new socks, spoke to CNN about the ban.

“This is a story about President Obama banning the National Anthem at sporting events around the country,” Bradley said. “I just want to say a big thanks to every God-fearing, Patriotic American that has supported our cause that gives brand new socks to the homeless. Please, donate what you can, every bit helps so much.”

Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin, a mascot for a Christian organization that travels around the country educating children about the dangers and consequences of masturbation, told CNN he disagrees with the President

“What the President really needs to do is put a ban on masturbation in this country. It is important to remember that our Lord and Savior loves each and every one of us, unless we masturbate, then we’ll burn in Hell for eternity.”

While Executive Order 14302 is likely to be challenged in court, experts say it could be tied up for years, meaning that it is unlikely to be reversed before it takes effect on December 1st. In the meantime, they say to expect numerous protests from those who disagree with the president’s decision.

The Obama Administration has set up a special 24-hour hotline to address any questions and concerns regarding the new Executive Order. The number for the hotline is (785) 273-0325.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Early this morning, President Obama made what could very well prove to be the most controversial move of his presidency with the signing of Executive Order 13738, which revokes the federal government’s official recognition of the Pledge of Allegiance. Under the new order, it is now illegal for any federally funded agency to display the pledge or for any federal employee to recite, or encourage others to recite, the pledge while on duty. This law also applies to federal contractors and other institutions that receive federal funding such as public schools. Individuals who violate this order can face fines of up to $10,000 and up to one year in federal prison.

During the press conference, the President explained his decision was based on a personal belief that the language used in the pledge is “divisive” and “contrary to America’s deepest held values.”

“The pledge excludes so many Americans who are vital to making this country what it is,” Obama said. “Asking someone to pledge their allegiance to our country excludes Jehovah’s Witnesses, Amish, Muslims, and many others whose religious beliefs prohibit strong displays of nationalism. By calling this ‘one nation under God’, we exclude the millions of hard working atheists and agnostics who call America home. By saying ‘liberty and justice for all’, we ignore the grievances of millions of Hispanics, African Americans and Muslims who feel they have neither liberty nor justice.”

Obama told reporters that he believes the inclusion of “under God” runs afoul of the First Amendment’s establishment clause. He summed up his press briefing by challenging congress to create a new pledge that more accurately reflects America’s values.

“I am willing to rescind my decision here today and allow the Pledge of Allegiance back into the schools if we can all agree on the creation of a new Pledge, something that is includes everyone’s beliefs and not just the belief of one nationality or faith.”

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has already offered her support of president Obama’s decree and has vowed to uphold the order if she wins in November’s general election. She echoed his concerns about the pledge’s language and suggested that the pledge’s mention of God sends the wrong message to America’s children.

“I fully support the President and the decision that he has made here today. In January, when I take office as the next President of the United States, unless I see otherwise, I will do my best to uphold this new law and ensure that it stays in effect.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did not mince words when voicing his contempt for the president’s order, referring to the president as an “illegitimate Muslim traitor.”

“As a Christian nation, the Pledge of Allegiance helps our children be the greatest children out there, the best there is, greater than all the other children in this world combined. Obama, who founded ISIS by the way, wants them not to be great, he wants them to be weak, and by banning the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools, he has proven that here today. This is the first step in many in his master plan to force Sharia law onto this great country of ours before he leaves office in January. We all must remember that this is one nation under God and not some guy and his beliefs in whatever he chooses to believe.”

Sarah Bradley, a spokeswoman for Sock It Forward, a group that provides the homeless and those less fortunate with brand new socks, spoke to CNN about the ban.

“This is a story about President Obama banning the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools.” Bradley said. “I just want to say a big thanks to every God-fearing, Patriotic American that has supported our cause that gives brand new socks to the homeless, it means so much. Please, donate what you can, every bit helps.”

Lawrence Ketchum of the Secular Coalition for America told reporters that Obama’s decision to ban the Pledge is a victory for all those who oppose government control.

“When our children are forced to chant, ‘One nation under God‘, whose God are they referring to exactly?” Ketchum said, “From birth, children are indoctrinated and subjected to mind control, efforts to shape them into the perfect beings that society wants them to be. The Pledge of Allegiance is just one of the many tools used in a child’s involuntary reeducation of basic beliefs and values.” Ketchum continued, “This is a great day not just for Atheists, but for all Americans who value freedom. Forcing children to pledge blind allegiance to this country and profess a belief in a God is extremely dangerous in developing young minds and amounts to little more than government mind control.”

While Executive Order 13738 is likely to be a source of heated debate among Americans, constitutional scholar, Paul Horner, told ABC News that it is unlikely the law will be challenged in court.

“Since this law only affects federal employees and contractors and not the general populace, it is well within the traditional scope of a president’s executive authority to pass this law. Any challenges would lack proper legal standing and more than like be quickly dismissed.”

Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin, a mascot for a Christian organization that travels around the country educating children about the dangers and consequences of masturbation, told ABC News he believes in what Utah is doing.

“It is important that children become the unique individuals that this country wants them to be. Conforming into the perfect little human beings that God intended them to be has always been the American way. It is important to remember that our Lord and Savior loves each and every one of us, unless we masturbate, then we’ll burn in Hell for eternity.”

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Originally composed by Colonel George Balch in 1887, The Pledge of Allegiance was later revised by Francis Bellamy in 1892 and formally adopted by Congress in 1942. The Pledge is an expression of allegiance to the Flag of the United States and the republic of the United States of America. The official name of the Pledge of Allegiance was adopted in 1945 and the last changes made to it came on Flag Day in 1954 when the words “under God” were added.

The Obama Administration has set up a 24-hour hotline to address any questions and concerns the public may have regarding the new order. The number for the hotline is (785) 273-0325.

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      • He’ll fine the person who plays the organ or the group that play the musical instrument that the fans would sing the national anthem to. However, I hope the whole stadium full of people will sing it a cappella anyway. What’s Obama going to do, fine everybody $5K and through us all in federal prison? He’s absurd to think that this country is going to put up with him and his “executive order” to ban the National Anthem at sporting events. What’s next? Is he going to ban flying the American flag? Obama is a traitor to our country and should have been impeached years ago.

    • Then you are part of the problem. Simple solution for you – If you don’t like the Star Spangled Banner or honoring the country…. LEAVE!! GET OUT!! GO!!! I hear Middle Eastern countries are hiring. Try your anti-country crap there and see how far your head rolls after it is separated from your body

  1. What’s going to be next? He has already managed to get the rebel flag removed, now it’s the national anthem and from what I understand, he also wants to remove the pledge of allegiance in schools. I believe it won’t be long before he bans the American flag from being flown anywhere and in it’s place will fly the Muslim flag. HE IS A TRAITOR AND THE MOST UNAMERICAN PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD! I can’t for the life of me understand why Congress is letting him get away with this stuff? He should have been IMPEACHED years ago!!!! He’s the most racist President too. Martin Luther King must be turning over in his grave seeing what Obama has done to this country. He has rekindled racism and it’s worse now than it was back in the 50’s and 60’s. Good going Obama! Can’t wait for you to get out of office!!!

    • Allow me to help you with that question Elaine M. Bigot, The Congress is going to do just exactly as it is told to do, after all, the majority did take George Soros money and are beholding to him is some way. He is the string puller and financier of a large percentage of all the crap that is going on. He financed the protest in Missouri when obama sent Holder down to run things, he is financing black lives matter, he is financing a portion of Hillary’s campaign, I can’t understand why with some thing like $250,000,000.00 being sent to the Clinton Foundation from the Arab countries. Soros has dozens of these patriotic sounding named groups around the country when in fact all they are is pockets of insurrectionist that the police and government law enforcement have been told to leave alone. Do a google search on George Soros to find out just what kind of a piece of work that he is.

  2. If HC is (s)elected as prez this will be the final election ever to be held in the what was once a great country. Obama made a “stay out of prison” deal with HC.. I will get you elected by rigging this entire election cycle, but you will be MY PUPPET. Obama will become the dictator of our nation thru the feeble-minded HC. Will we stand for this? I certainly hope not.

  3. So what happens when the USA football (Soccer) team play an international – does that mean you wont play the national anthem. This is one of the biggest mistakes Obama has made and he and HC will live to regret it. I can see now the stadiums just start singing – just as the English football (Soccer) supporters sing the national anthem wherever and whenever we are.
    Sad day for America 🙁

  4. O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
    Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
    Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
    Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

  5. any one that can not pledge allegiance to the flag of the usa needs to be deported to an off shore island in the middle of the burmuda triangle

  6. It has been confirmed Donald Trump will keep this law, as he agrees with it. In a meeting with Senator Mitch McConnell Trump said, “The days of the United States being a domineering world power that seeks to police the entire world through military force are coming to an end. We need an anthem that reflects the nation we are becoming, not the nation we used to be.”

    Article: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/23/politics/trump-white-house-meetings/index.html

    • So what happens when the USA football (Soccer) team play an international – does that mean you wont play the national anthem. This is one of the biggest mistakes Obama has made and he and HC will live to regret it. I can see now the stadiums just start singing – just as the English football (Soccer) supporters sing the national anthem wherever and whenever we are.
      Sad day for America

    • I’m telling you this is what happens when the goornment gets so much power. He didn’t even have to ask anybody if this was ok and now even Trump feels this way but nobody stopped him even though that was never part of his polocies. I believe that this is the real reson why 12% of all people in America (82% of those being female) moved to canada. The american govoorneament forgot about the fact that we deserve our rights and now we have to watch as out country is slowly being taken from us. I found a website that takes 5 free americans in desperation per month. I am curraintly in line and have an estimated 8 months till i get my free flight.

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