Miami’s top police union representative is facing backlash from the city’s oldest black police organization after he called for Assistant Chief of Police Anita Najiy to face consequences for her action. What did she do? refuse to salute the American flag during the pledge of allegiance. I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s also a fan of Colin Kaepernick.
“In the United States, you have the right to practice any religion and say whatever you want off-duty. When you’re in your police uniform, you are to be neutral” said her defenders.
But the police department’s code of conduct says otherwise, stating that it allows for punishment if proper attention isn’t given during a flag ceremony.
Here’s the video of the incident that sparked this all:
As American News reports:
“If you’re not pledging allegiance to the United States, my question is what country are you pledging allegiance to?” Ortiz asked of the Miami New Times. “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.”
Oritz went on to claim that Najiy had also failed to display the proper etiquette that “must be exercised when wearing a law enforcement uniform.”
Some viewers suspect that Najiy’s refusal likely has to do with the fact that she is Muslim.
Think her faith has anything to do with it? Miami Police Maj. Delrish Moss stated that she was simply following protocol and that not saluting the flag had nothing to do with her personal beliefs.
But there’s a case that her religion did play a role.
According to the Pew Research Center, the overwhelming majority of Muslims identify first as a Muslim before they identify as an American. Only 28 percent of Muslims identify as an American first, while 47 percent identify as a Muslim first. No other religion has numbers quite that extreme except for white evangelicals (however, Christianity doesn’t have the same values that are antithetical to Western civilization like Islam does).
What do you all think? Does her faith have anything to do with it? Let us know what you think in the comments and share this post on Facebook and Twitter.