Wisconsin Passes Bill Requiring National Anthem Is Played Before All Sports Events
State Assembly lawmakers pass bill to combat unpatriotic protests
Lawmakers in Wisconsin have passed a bill that requires America's National Anthem to be played before all sports events in the state.
The bill seeks to combat unpatriotic protests from far-left athletes who object to the traditional playing of The Star-Spangled Banner.
In the wake of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests and rioting, athletes across the country have taken to kneeling during the anthem.
Athletes see their full-throated support for the Marxist BLM organization as a form of protest against, what they view as, systemic racism.
In response to the far-left protesting, some sporting events have ceased playing the anthem altogether.
To tackle the issue, Wisconsin State Assembly lawmakers passed a bill requiring the National Anthem is played before all sports events that take place at arenas and venues which receive taxpayer money.
It will now head to the State Senate for a final vote, according to The Daily Wire.
The bill was proposed by Republican Rep. Tony Kurtz, a military veteran, who said the playing of the anthem will remind Wisconsin residents that they are all part of one country.
“We are a very dysfunctional family at times that’s for sure — but we are a family,” Kurtz said on Tuesday.
“And what concerns me, once again to my core, is we are ripping ourselves apart internally in this country.”
“A part of me worries about that," he said.
"When somebody says I’m not going to play the anthem — that does concern me.
"Because folks, whether you like it or not we are one big family and I want people to remember that.”
According to WISN in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kurtz proposed the bill shortly after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban decided that his team would discontinue the tradition of playing the National Anthem before his team’s home games.
Only Democrats opposed the bill which passed on a 74-22 vote.
According to WISN, Democrat David Bowen said, “This gets in the way of folks being able to use their right to protest.”
Rep. Lisa Subeck, Democrat from Wisconsin, voted against the bill and said, “As much as I respect our flag, as much as I believe in this country, as much as I believe in our freedom, I’m not sure it makes sense to mandate that it be played.”
The bill would also apply to youth sports and rec league softball games, though Kurtz said that the bill is largely symbolic and unenforceable.
“I don’t want to make it enforceable,” Kurtz said.
“I want people to voluntarily do that.”
The debate around the National Anthem has been raging ever since then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem in 2016, protest what he viewed as “police brutality.”
Players throughout all sports have knelt during the National Anthem, causing many fans to abandon watching the sports they so love.
The debate around the anthem was reinvigorated last summer after the death of George Floyd, and the majority of NBA players knelt during the National Anthem during the NBA restart in Orlando, Florida.
In the years following Kaepernick’s protest, the NFL has changed the wording of its official National Anthem stance.
The statement below applied to the 2020 NFL season.
"This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.
"Personnel who choose not to stand for the anthem may stay in the locker room until after the anthem has been performed.”