America was founded by rebels, by spiritual warriors. They were not perfect people, but they risked their lives for freedom and to bequeath us the enduring principles they encoded in The Bill of Rights. It continues to inspire the world over 200 years later. In 1775, Patrick Henry declared “Give me liberty or give me death!” All the US Founding Fathers knew when they signed The Declaration of Independence that they were signing their death warrants if the 13 colonies lost the war with Britain. Yet, John Hancock wrote his name so large that it is now synonymous with “signature”. In effect, they were all saying to the mighty British Empire, “You know where to find us — and we are not afraid”.
August Landmesser was a German who refused to do the “Sieg Heil” salute during a Nazi rally at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg on June 13, 1936. When all the Germans around him saluted Hitler, Landmesser stood alone in his refusal to follow the crowd.
John F. Kennedy wrote Profiles in Courage in 1955 as a Junior Senator from Massachusetts. The book celebrates eight unsung American heroes and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Kennedy had the courage to defy the unconstitutional Federal Reserve System and to restore the US Treasury’s constitutional right to print our money interest free so we would have no national debt and not have to pay income tax. He may have been assassinated, in part, because of that defiant act.
In today’s world, in the time of COVID and cancel culture, there are tens of thousands of doctors and scientists, nurses, first responders, teachers, lawyers, parents, athletes, musicians, filmmakers, alternative media figures, and others who have had the courage to just say “No” to medical mandates they disagree with, to proclaim the importance of proven, safe inexpensive, early treatments, and to question the necessity, safety and efficacy of the “Warp Speed” gene-altering Emergency Use COVID shots as well as PCR tests, masks, and lockdowns.
Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac Stood Alone
In 2020, Black and White Americans across the country and people around the world were joining in massive Black Lives Matter protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police on May 25, 2020. In the US Senate, Nancy Pelosi and others “took the knee” in protest against Floyd’s brutal murder. Corporations, including Amazon, rushed to confirm their support of the Black Lives Matter protests which quickly turned violent and destructive of Black neighborhoods!
Yet, one courageous athlete chose to stand alone on principles — both in refusing to join Black Lives Matter protests and in refusing to take the COVID shot. The videos, articles, and book below explain why Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaac chose the courage of his convictions over conformity under pressure.
“Jonathan Isaac for the first time in nearly seven months was back on the court for a game that counted. Despite a strong performance in the Magic’s 128-118 win over the Nets, it was what he decided to do prior to tip-off that received the most attention.
Before the opening tip of the Magic-Nets game on Friday afternoon, Isaac was the lone member from both teams to stand during the national anthem. Isaac became the first NBA player during the opening three games of the restart who did not take a knee during the anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality.”
As the national anthem was sung celebrating the “land of the free and the home of the brave”, Jonathan Isaac was free and brave enough to stand for his principles.
“Jonathan Isaac, number 11 on the Orlando Magic basketball team made headlines when he decided not to take a knee and to stand during the national anthem. He also choose not to wear a ‘Black Lives Matter’ t-shirt as the rest of his team did. Reactions since then have been swift and varied. Jonathan share how his faith influenced his decisions.
“I am about solutions. When I saw people taking the decision to kneel, I thought the best decision and the best solution is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because that is how my life has been supported. That is how I have seen countless lives be changed, supported, changed for the better, when it comes to situations like racism. Realizing and understanding we are all made in the image of God is the answer. That is the solution I went with.””