NBC omits "key" words from pledge before U.S. Open, issues apology.

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NBC omits "key" words from pledge before U.S. Open, issues apology.
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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 9:04pm
This is unbelievable.

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/NBC-apologizes-for-omitting-under-God-from-ple?urn=golf-wp2901

Sun Jun 19 03:24pm EDT

NBC apologizes for omitting ‘under God’ from pledge before U.S. Open
By Jay Busbee

Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.
Rory McIlroy has almost certainly drained all the drama out of the on-course play at the U.S. Open. But outside the ropes, NBC led off its telecast with an immediately controversial pre-taped segment. Listen to the pledge of allegiance that runs alongside the patriotic images, and later to the one that overlays video of previous U.S. Open winners:

In case it's been awhile since you said the pledge in elementary school, the first version left out the words "under God" and "indivisible." The second went even further, knocking out "one nation" as well.
The outcry on Twitter was immediate and almost universally negative. Perhaps this style was an artistic choice on the part of the segment producer, interweaving the pledge with military and golf-related sound bites, but the decision to leave out "under God" is a curious one at best, and a highly controversial one, without doubt.
Later in the telecast, host Dan Hicks read the following statement during coverage: "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."
Of note: "under God" was not in the original pledge from 1892, which read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The words "under God" were not added to the pledge until 1954, when President Eisenhower signed Congressional legislation to that effect into law.
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Registered: 04-07-2002

I always omit it anyway.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 01-04-2011

Considering it's NBC, it's not surprising.

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Registered: 08-30-2002

I agree. The words "under God," were added in 1954, through a petition by The Knights of Columbus.

Oooooooooh, NBC must be the anti-christ.



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Registered: 11-13-2009
LOL! Bad, bad NBC!

 

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Registered: 06-07-2011
((Separation of church & state.))

Did you mean to say separation of church and media? Last I checked, NBC isn't part of the government.
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Registered: 06-07-2011
Nope, not surprising at all. LOL. How pathetic and desperate can that network get?
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Registered: 04-07-2002
I was referring to the Pledge & the words 'under God'. Please don't try & mislead.

 nwtreehugger  

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Registered: 06-07-2011
The Pledge of Alligence has nothing to do with the government. There is no conflict about separation of church and state with the words " under God " in the pledge. What a shame that our society is now thinking that the very mention of the word God would offensive to anyone.

I do not believe in Allah but the word is not offensive to me. Either is Jesus, Mohammad, or Moses. Certainly the generic term "God" shouldn't be offensive to anyone either. There are FAR more people in the world who do believe in God than do not. So what's the bid deal?
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Registered: 05-03-2011
I don't find the word "God" offensive, either. That being said, making school children of all religions or none recite "one nation under God" is ridiculous, particularly since the original Pledge didn't have "under God" in it. Talk about "indoctrinating." Funny how it's not offensive "indoctrination" as long as one believes in it.
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Registered: 06-07-2011
(( making school children of all religions or none recite "one nation under God" is ridiculous, ))

I don't know of any school that MAKES children say anything. My DD's tell me of several disrespectful children who refuse to stand and recite the pledge. I have no problem with the schools having kids learn to be respectful of their country and their flag and honor those that have died for their freedom.

Too bad so many others do.

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