The NFL has become the object of unprecedented politicization as a result of protesting NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem. Many players now refuse to stand as a way of spiting President Trump, who openly rebuked those who disrespect the flag, as Christian News Alerts reported.
The world-famous rock band KISS is taking a different approach. According to The Washington Times, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and honored a military veteran in the audience.
KISS was one of the top-billed acts at Gretna Fest in Louisiana on Saturday. After opening their set to thunderous applause, the band put a brief hold on the music for a moment of patriotism.
The American flag was brought out by a full color guard. Front man Paul Stanley himself led the pledge after asking members of the audience to place their right hand over their heart. Stanley told fans, “It’s always cool to love your country.”
Stanley, commonly known as his on-stage persona, “The Starchild,” then congratulated local Gretna veteran Steve Roberts for his 30-plus years of service. The show of respect for the flag and country was well-received by the crowd.
KISS has honored the flag on numerous occasions. A week before their performance at Gretna Fest, the rock legends led the Pledge of Allegiance in Sugarland, Texas. Stanley emphatically shouted “God bless America! God bless our troops!”
Last year, the KISS front man waxed philosophical about his respect for the flag, making remarks that are highly relevant in the present debate playing out in the NFL. “A lot of times the people that are born free think that freedom is free and it’s not. Freedom is only free because there are people willing to sacrifice to keep us free.”
The group’s bassist, Gene “The Demon” Simmons, has also been very vocal regarding his patriotism. As seen at Today, Simmons–who immigrated to the US from Israel as a boy with his Holocaust-survivor mother–said, “I owe America everything.”
Simmons has also come to the defense of Donald Trump’s politics. As Christian News Alerts noted, the KISS bassist has dismissed criticism of Trump’s proposed wall on America’s southern border. “Secretly, tens of millions, perhaps 100 million people may actually have some positive feelings about a wall.” He also told Fox News that, as president, Trump deserves to be respected.
The rock band KISS led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and honored a military veteran in the audience. Are you surprised by this display of patriotism?
“First of all, it’s ‘President Trump,'” Simmons said. “Some people like him, some people don’t, but you have to respect the Electoral College and the people of America, and they duly elected the man. Now, by the way, for everybody watching Fox News, if you have a point of view and you don’t agree that’s great. Don’t fight with each other. Let’s all be Americans. Next time there’s a vote, vote your conscience. The founding fathers were smart. You can draw the curtain and it’s nobody’s da** business who you vote for.”
While KISS has won support for their respectful attitude toward the flag, protesting NFL players have not fared well. Not only are ratings down, Christian News Alerts reported that the league’s favorable perception is declining significantly.
According to Fox News, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has given his players an ultimatum: stand for the anthem or sit the game out. But even if other teams were to follow suit, it’s uncertain whether it would be enough to repair the damage.