San Francisco 49ers cheerleader Kayla Morris kneels during the playing of the national anthem, before the NFL game against Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, California, on December 16. According to the United States Code, any person present during the playing or singing of the anthem ‘should’ stand at attention with their right hand over their heart, but there are no penalties for non-compliance. Photo: USA Today Sports

Can free speech be protected in national anthem debate? US shows it can

The US found strength in diversity amid the national soul-searching inspired by NFL players’ refusal to stand during the national anthem. Hong Kong legislators who’ll soon consider a bill making it a crime to disrespect the Chinese national anthem should consider the consequences of such a law.