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-NBC Drops ‘Under God’ from Pledge Then Apologizes

by Dr. D ~ June 20th, 2011

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On Sunday, a clip of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance was featured during NBC’s coverage of golf’s U.S. Open. The only problem -someone decided to edit out the words “under God” from the tape causing a major uproar and bringing on thousands of complaints.

The network issued an on-air apology before the coverage was over. The following was given in a statement by NBC commentator Dan Hicks:

“We began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open Championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation’s capital for the third time.

“Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone and we’d like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.”

Response: Talk about shooting themselves in the foot. My question is who decided that ‘under God’ needed to be left out and why? After all it could not have been an accident. Someone actually had to edit it out of the clip. Obviously the person responsible does not support that part of the pledge or decided that they didn’t want to offend some of their friends who didn’t. So they offend millions of folks instead?

Meanwhile the overwhelming majority in this country still do consider this nation to be ‘under’ God’ and find the pledge to be affirming of their world view. If someone wants to change the pledge then they need to officially address the issue through Congress and not take it on themselves. It should also be noted that the ‘under God’ portion recently withstood a legal challenge all the way to the Supreme Court so no one can claim now that it is unconstitutional.            *Top

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