George Clooney pens protest poem: 'When I pray, I kneel'
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George Clooney is wading into the controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling in protest during the national anthem, writing in a poem, “when I pray, I kneel.”

The actor penned the 10-line prayer in a poem published Thursday by The Daily Beast.

The politically active “Gravity” actor — a frequent and fierce critic of President Trump — wrote:


I pray for my country.
I pray that we can find more that unites us than divides us.
I pray that our nation’s leaders want to do the same.
I pray that young children like Tamir Rice can feel safe in their own neighborhood.
I pray for all of our children.
I pray for our police and our first responders.
I pray for our men and women of the armed services.
I pray that dissent will always be protected in this great country.
I pray for a more perfect union.
And when I pray, I kneel.

The 56-year-old Oscar winner is the latest Hollywood star to weigh in on the movement started by former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick to protest police misconduct and racial injustice. "The X-Files" stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, Stevie Wonder and the cast of "Star Trek: Discovery" are among the famous faces who have voiced support for the protests by kneeling themselves.

Trump has said football players who take a knee during the anthem should be fired or suspended, tweeting Tuesday that the NFL should “set a rule” to ban the practice.