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One Nation Under God

June 23, 2011 - Michael Palmer
“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

If you haven't seen or heard about it, when NBC Sports began its coverage of the U.S. Open on Sunday it opened with one of those video montages that are meant to evoke emotions from the viewers.

It most certainly did, but not the ones intended by whatever politically correct committee that decided to alter our nation‘s Pledge of Allegiance, by twice carefully editing out the words "under God" from the audio of school children reciting the Pledge.

This brought shouts of outrage from many who believe it was a slap in the face of those who believe in God. This outpouring of indignant patriotism caused enough of an uproar that even before the golf coverage was over, the network's Dan Hicks was on the air apologizing.

"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," Hicks said. "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."

NBC has apologized, but doesn't mention the words "under God" were what was omitted in that apology.

While it is true that the words ‘under God’ have not always been a part of the pledge, the executives at NBC might do some research and find that the phrase “under God” was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress amending Article 7 of the Flag Code enacted in 1942. On March 11, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance in the case of Newdow v. Rio Linda Union School District. In a 2–1 decision, the appellate court ruled that the words were of a “ceremonial and patriotic nature” and did not constitute an establishment of religion. Judge Stephen Reinhardt dissented, writing that “the state-directed, teacher-led daily recitation in public schools of the amended ‘under God’ version of the Pledge of Allegiance… violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.”

Lets repeat that last portion for NBC, as they admit to their most recent capitulation to the increasingly vocal atheistic faction in our nation, “Violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.” On November 12, 2010, in a unanimous decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston affirmed a ruling by a New Hampshire lower federal court which found that the pledge’s reference to God doesn’t violate students’ rights. A United States Supreme Court appeal of this decision was denied just days before this omission on June 13, 2011.

This latest media gaff is another example of how network executives and many other people in this nation feel about religion. For many golf fans viewing the coverage on Father‘s Day, the omitting of the words ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance on television was either not noticed or made no difference to them.

We are a nation founded on religious tolerance, and I am not a person who wishes to force any beliefs on my fellow Americans. Although the Declaration of Independence mentioned “Nature’s God” and the “Creator,” the Constitution makes no direct reference to a divine being, Christian or otherwise, and the First Amendment explicitly forbids the establishment of any official church or creed.

However, the last paragraph of the Constitution states, “Done in Convention by Unanimous Constent of the States present the Seventeen Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth.”

Watch for yourself and decide if this liberal leaning is indeed an “affront to the American people” and “a grossly unpatriotic act.”

After further review I also noted that the word "indivisible" was edited out, a word meaning, "incapable of being divided."

After you watch NBC's latest take on the pledge watch this one by Red Skelton:


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