Restless Minds: What is patriotism?

Bill Gates

The pro football season delivered a knock-down battle when numerous players “took a knee” during playing of the National Anthem. At its next meeting, the Restless Minds discussion group will explore the treacherous minefield of expressions of patriotism and freedom of speech. The discussion will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, in the Sewing Room of Oakwood’s Arts & Crafts Center.

Restless Minds is a discussion group receptive to all people with open, inquisitive minds. There are no dues or membership requirements. All political and social points of view are encouraged to engage in this friendly exchange of ideas each month. Just show up and participate.

November discussion leader Bill Gates will not only bring up the football controversy but also seek comments about the recent push to tear down Confederate memorial statues and other emblems now considered discredited by many. He’ll ask participants to tell how they define patriotism and what they have done in their lives they consider truly patriotic. He’ll also have questions about how dissent is expressed and whether such expressions are “unpatriotic.”

For more information about Restless Minds, contact Bill Gates or Bobbie Reed at 480-883-7410.