Fox contributor: NFL protesters "ought to be thanking God" they're "free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee"

Fox contributor: NFL protesters "ought to be thanking God" they're "free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee"

Robert Jeffress: "There is a better way to protest social injustice ... for example, a few years ago, you had those Oregon Christian bakers who were almost driven into bankruptcy for practicing their faith. That's injustice."

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From the September 25 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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ROBERT JEFFRESS: There is a better way to protest social injustice without disrespecting our country or disrespecting our country's leaders. I mean, for example, a few years ago, you had those Oregon Christian bakers who were almost driven into bankruptcy for practicing their faith. That's injustice. But they didn't respond by calling then-President Obama a "bum." Or this football coach you all have covered who was fired for voluntarily praying. He didn't respond to that injustice by failing to stand for the national anthem. I think what these players are doing is absolutely wrong. These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they're not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they're also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be with the were in North Korea. And I think tens of millions of Americans agree with President Trump when he says they ought to be called out for this. I know this president. President Trump is not a racist. For President Trump, this is not about race, it's about respect of country.

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): What do you say? Do you agree with him?

MICHAEL FAULKNER: Well, I think this. Look, these guys have the right to protest. But after they've protested, they need to do something to move forward to dialogue. 

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I would not make that personal choice to disrespect the flag or to not stand for the national anthem because of all the family members I've had that have served in the military honorably. I would not make that choice. But I have to give these guys space, but we give them too much credit. They're only athletes. They are not Navy SEALs. These are not military people. These are entertainers who get paid millions of dollars to entertain us. They are not the spokespeople that we want to promote them to be. 

JEFFRESS: You know, Ainsley, many of these players claim to be strong Christians, and I believe they are, and I think they ought to remember what Jesus said. Jesus said render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's. Jesus said we have a responsibility toward our government. We owe our government just not our taxes, but we owe them our respects and our prayers. And I think that needs to be kept in mind in all of this discussion.

Previously:

Fox & Friends host: Stephen Curry “dribbles a ball for a living, and somehow now he’s preaching to this president about what leadership really looks like?”

Fox guest falsely claims Trump didn't call peaceful NFL protesters sons of bitches

Fox & Friends is sympathetic to neo-Nazis marching but outraged over sports players kneeling

Tucker Carlson says NFL players "hate your country" for protesting "racism or something"

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