Anyone who has ever served in uniform knows to stand at attention and to salute the flag during the pledge of allegiance; it’s a vital part of the “military code of conduct”. And for a police officer especially an Assistant Chief of Police not to pay allegiance by a simple act of placing your hand over you heart or saluting the flag speaks volumes of that police officers act of defiance.
And so when the Assistant Chief of Police in Miami who is also a Muslim refuses to pay tribute to the flag, it’s easy to surmise that her beliefs have something to do with disrespecting the flag, which had Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz livid after he witnessed the action or inaction of Assistant Chief of Police Anita Najiy.
“If you’re not pledging allegiance to the United States, my question is what country are you pledging allegiance to? Anyone who isn’t offended by that is not American, because when you become a U.S. citizen, you pledge allegiance to the U.S.”
Ortiz claims that Najiy failed to display the proper courtesy and etiquette that “must be exercised when wearing a law enforcement uniform.”
Ortiz continues; “The flag is a symbol of our country, what is the difference if I decide to light a U.S. flag on fire in a police uniform?” he said, stating that any form of disrespect towards the flag while in uniform should not be tolerated.
However Assistant Chief of Police Najiy isn’t the only public official to disrespect “Old Glory!” Back in 2007 then Gov. Bill Richardson along with then Sen. Hillary Clinton and President Obama were at an event in which the pledge of allegiance was played, and there stood Obama with his hands by is side, as if it would demean him to salute our flag.
Obviously a lot of time as passed since 2007, and perhaps we now have a much better understanding of what "Islam" is all about, perhaps Mustafa Carroll, the head of the Dallas-Fort Worth branch of CAIR said it best “If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land.”
h/t: Top Right