A Southern Baptist Pastor who moonlights as a high school football announcer in Alabama raised eyebrows with an unscripted preamble in support of military personnel … and against anyone who doesn’t want to pay what he deems as proper homage to the flag.
As reported by AL.com, the McKenzie High announcer Pastor Allen Joyner offered up a strong rebuke of any who have refused to stand for the national anthem, as originally posted by Denise Crowley-Whitfield on Facebook Friday night. Here’s what Joyner reportedly said:
“If you don’t want to stand for the national anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots at you since they’re taking shots for you.”
According to Crowley-Whitfield, Joyner’s over-the-PA announcement was met with universal cheers, as was her post on Facebook before she decided to delete it fewer than 24 hours later. That came shortly before Butler County Schools Superintendent Amy Bryan spoke against Joyner in comments issued to AL.com.
“Patriotism should be a part of school events but threats of shooting people who aren’t patriotic, even in jest, have no place at a school,” she wrote in an email to AL.com. “Threats of violence are a violation of school policy and certainly not condoned by the school board.”
Similarly, an Air Force veteran spoke out against Joyner’s remarks in response to a Facebook post made in support of Joyner by his church, Sweet Home Baptist Church.
“We fight so that all Americans retain their rights and freedoms to protest,” (22-year Air Force veteran Mark) Bender wrote. “I would never turn a weapon on my own countryman simply because they protest by remaining seated during the national anthem, by refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance, refusing to stand or pledge during any act. These things we do, these pledges, these songs, these are not compulsory acts. They are acts that we are all free to join or not.
“I am proud that we have that freedom whether or not I agree with someone’s non-violent protest,” he continued. “You, on the other hand are promoting extremist violence by way of state sanctioned executions. You are obviously standing for the compulsory actions by way of preaching hatred, jingoism, American exceptionalism — all because people do not believe or think as you do. I am grateful that the majority of Americans do not thirst for their brother’s blood as you do. You are a disgrace, those who agree with you are a disgrace, and you are a black mark upon this great nation. You should certainly hang your heads in shame.”