During this weekend’s U.S. Open Golf coverage, NBC aired a group of patriotic children reciting the pledge of allegiance.
But right at the point where it says “One Nation under God” the network switched to a cutaway shot.
When the shot returned to the children they skipped the line referring to “under God” before continuing.
This is how it came across in the broadcast,
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, with liberty and justice for all.”
NBC for their part quickly tried to wash over the incident by having host Dan Hicks read the following statement,
"It was our intent to begin our coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being here 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."
Why would NBC think reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in its entirety would upset anybody?
How is taking God out of the pledge patriotic?
Does NBC really think we’re that stupid?
One interesting note - the words "under God" were not added to the Pledge until 1954 when President Eisenhower signed Congressional legislation to add the words.
But when our country doesn’t have the balls to bring God into our national pastime or Government, we are really sending the wrong message to everyone – including our children.
Our country was founded on Godly principles, yet today there seems to be an effort to remove any reference to it from our national discord.
Shame on NBC.
I would be more embarrassed as a host to have to plug a Donald Trump reality show, or an interview with Snooki from Jersey Shore than to use the “G” word in a promotional spot.
What’s wrong with us?
Just another sign of the times folks…..
Buckle up - it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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