Editorial: Respecting the U.S. flag in college

College students need to show respect for the American flag.

While players in the National Football League deliberately protest the playing of our National Anthem, it becomes more important that the next generation understand what this nation stands for and the sacrifices that were made to give us this freedom.

The College of the Ozarks, a small Christian college in Point Lookout, Missouri (near Branson), has taken a stand. That school has revised its contracts for competition in all sports, adding a stipulation that all participating players and coaches respect the American flag and National Anthem.

“The College of the Ozarks will not play in games where disrespect is exhibited toward the American flag or National Anthem,” said President Jerry C. Davis. “Opponents are pledging to meet the College’s expectations for respect of the National Anthem and American flag. Otherwise, our college will not participate. It’s a shame sporting events are being used to communicate disrespect for this great country. We will not be a part of this.”

The school is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and has hosted the National Men’s Basketball Tournament for the past 18 years.

Sports are important at College of the Ozarks and this courageous stand could bring problems. But that is well worth the risk.

A handful of other colleges, including Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville and Tulsa, have take similar moral stances in the past.

Maybe their example will inspire larger secular universities.