NBC Apologizes After Dropping “Under God” From US Open Pledge of Allegiance (Video)

NBC decided it was a good idea to cut “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during their US Open coverage.
It might be offensive.

They thought we wouldn’t notice.

Today they apologized.
FOX News reported:

NBC issued an on-air apology Sunday for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage of golf’s U.S. Open.

The words were edited out of a clip of children reciting the oath — a move immediately noted by viewers, who took to Twitter and various blogs to voice their anger, the Huffington Post reported.

In a statement during the broadcast, NBC commentator Dan Hicks said, “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.

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  • Auntie Em

    America is a Christian Nation and Jesus is King. Godless liberals can either get over it or get out; we will not let them blaspheme our Creator to appease the devil.

    Sometimes I wonder if this fight is a battle that Jesus would have us fight. He was mocked when He was here. He scolded Peter for battling. I find it very hard not to battle for my King; however, Jesus told us what would happen, He told us to be prepared, and He told us to be ever mindful that He would return. I will never deny Christ. He is King of all creation, and all others (including Captain Anti-Israel) will bow before Him.

    I won’t roll over and allow Him to blasphemed, but I will humbly follow my Savior. We should all be on our knees for the repentance of our own sins as well as those of this nation. Pray that God gives you guidance out of this handbasket we are certainly in. Read your Bible.

    I am sorry I am sounding bossy here. I have had to remind myself a lot these past two or three weeks, that Jesus is THE King and God is the I AM. All of this rigamarow and evil is just future kindling for the eternal fire.

  • Paddy

    NBC’s apology is hollow unless they do something to rectify their abuse. I suggest that NBC show the Pledge segment including “under God” during all major sport broadcasts for 30 days. After all, viewing young Americans pledging their allegiance is always pleasant and inspirational.

  • StanInTexas

    For the record, NBC DID NOT apologize for deliberately omitting the words “Under God” from the Pledge. They said they were sorry if what they did offended anyone.

    It is analogous to saying “I’m sorry you are too stupid to get the joke I told!”

  • Suzanne

    Two words to NBC: Damage done.

  • Mark1957

    NBC left the words “under God” out of the apology also.

  • Kevin

    “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.”

    So the question remains- *Why did* you edit those words out? I don’t give a hoot in hell that you are sorry you got called out on it, the citizens of this country want to know what your reason was for doing it at all.

  • Pat the First

    There was absolutely no reason for anything to be omitted from the Pledge unless the kids didn’t say them. I am thinking that didn’t happen. There is absolutely no reason to accept their reason except to acknowledge that NBC is being very insensitive to Christians. Why it acceptable to be insensitive to Christians but no other group?

  • GUS

    This wasn’t an accident. If you think it was, you’re a moron.

  • theBuckWheat

    What boggles my mind is that several people thought this was a good idea, and several more people devised, approved and vetted the non-apology apology. This reinforces the list of networks that I avoid.

  • Reconstitution

    Wow! NBC put its political and religious bias on display before the world. Showing this much bias reporting on a *sports* event shows they’ve completely abandoned journalistic integrity…and the majority of Americans.

  • RS

    The inability of man to admit that he is under God has been with us from day one.

    NBC is just selling apples of arrogance and pride.

    Don’t buy them.

  • Joe College

    They did it on purpose to support Obama. Obama’s Middle East policy is killing more Christians than Jews.

  • big L

    Dear Comcast: you’ve lost million of viewers. Godd luck paying off your notes. Insincerely BL

  • PJ

    I also wonder why the Irish Catholic family in Blue Bloods never say “through Christ our Lord” when they say grace. Has grace changed and nobody told me??

  • rampart ranger

    Shows you what dummies are working in the newsrooms of America. You cannot overstate the out-of-touch idiocy of these journalism majors. Brain dead, arrogant and hateful, a bad combination.

  • nelle

    They’re probably testing the waters to see if we’re ready to give it up yet, or to further desensitize us to the omission. The left isn’t going to give up trying to wrench “under God” out of the Pledge. They expect us to get tired of defending it, and just give it up.

  • FurryGuyJeans

    NBC is only sorry that a bunch of bible thumping bitter gun clingers got upset. The people responsible for deliberately omitting the phrase know they won’t have to worry about suicide bombers or head choppers when Christians are insulted.

  • succotash

    I don’t usually watch NBC locally or otherwise but definitely won’t be watching now and I let them know it and why. I’m sure they don’t give a rats behind but if enough people do this they might get the message.

  • Jerry C

    Cancelling cable because of crap like this. More time to study my Bible. It’s kinda sad that the only truth I can get into today’s hi-tech modern world comes from a several thousand year-old book. Got Jesus?

  • karkin

    The words “under god” were not part of the original pledge of allegiance.
    The were thrown in during the 1950’s to protect us from the godless Commies.

    The irony is, the pledge of allegiance was written by a socialist.

  • Gary

    Auntie Em,
    Atheist conservative here. For the record we do exist.
    You don’t have to praise Jesus every Sunday to be fiscally conservative.
    You don’t have to live in fear of eternal hell fire to know that stealing, killing, adultery, etc are wrong. Just something for you to keep in mind.

    That said, it offends me when they take out “under God” because it’s obvious what they’re working toward with that. It’s also inflammatory to have children doing this, because what they’re really telling us is “we have your children”.

    lastly, it’s always easier to apologize later, and that was obviously calculated (even if as mentioned, it was one of those “sorry you’re so pathetic” type apologies)

  • owl

    Obama.

  • Eddie Willers

    I sheepishly admit the only things I do watch on NBC are the sporting events.
    I was appalled when they allowed Olberdouche to have a role on their Prime time telecast of the NFL, But still I watched,

    I’m now convinced that the correct course of action is to contact the NFL PGA, & NHL about this politicizing of our sports events.

    Sports are different than sitcoms or drama’s, if one is a fan it’s rather hard to tune out.
    You can make a complaint with the

    United States Golf Assoc. @ 908-234-2300

  • Eddie Willers

    & @ Auntie Em
    I wish you’d realize that there are in fact God fearing people other than Christians. I was offended & Jesus is not “My” King.

    I have great faith in God & feel NBC”s omission was offensive, but your presumption that the only people who could/should be offended are Christian’s is also mollifying.

  • Jose

    This country was founded on christian beliefs and principles. It’s documented. GOD is part of our culture. If you don’t like it, I suggest you choose another place to live.

  • donh

    NBC was just following Howard Dean’s marching orders . Golf does not belong to white christians over 55.

  • Eddie Willers

    @ Jose
    No it was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Got that?
    SOUND IT OUT WITH ME JUDEO-CHRISTIAN

  • Gary

    The only thing I watch on NBC is The Office, and I’ve been waiting a while now for it to end so I would never have to see NBC again. Doesn’t look like I’ll be waiting much longer.

    Is Jay Leno on NBC? (I honestly forget)
    I counted during the 2008 election and he was making 7 Republican jokes for every 1 Democrat joke for the entire summer, and I did in fact count every joke.
    Also, the Republican jokes were aimed at the individual whereas the Democrat jokes were aimed at the situation around the individual.

    I wrote a letter to NBC which I’m sure they are now incorporating into their programming agenda.

  • #1AMERICAN

    what a crock of $HIT…left it out in editing mistake…bull $hit on all counts

  • Gothguy

    Typical apology non-apology. Piss off, NBC.

  • jony101

    according to obama america is one of the largest muslim countries, I hope not because those people are dangerous. Back in the 60’s the Russians wanted to destroy America by corrupting our values, there stragedy has worked better than planned it has took a life of it’s own and now it’s probably no turning backed. The god hating (aka communists/liberals/socialists/muslims) outnumbered everyone else.

  • Tom

    So if I don’t like the flag, should we take that out too. Very weird and hurtful stuff. The sickness that even thinks to do it is shocking to say the least.

  • Eubulides

    For those interested, here is the original pledge.

    I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

    Hope this helps.

  • bert

    The kind of apology I would give my mother-in-law.

    Omitting “under God” — disrespectful,
    omitting “indivisible” — not so much.

    Republic of Louisiana!

  • Carbon Pootprint

    They did it as an intentional dig and they know it. I guess we should be grateful the Mercedes Marxist and Crony Capitalist didn’t replace “Under God” with “Under Obama”

  • Spider

    I don’t know if I accept their apology.

  • Peter Warner

    #11 June 20, 2011 at 1:36 pm
    RS commented:

    ‘The inability of man to admit that he is under God has been with us from day one.

    NBC is just selling apples of arrogance and pride.

    Don’t buy them.’

    +1

    #19 June 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    Jerry C commented:

    ‘Canceling cable because of crap like this. More time to study my Bible. It’s kinda sad that the only truth I can get into today’s hi-tech modern world comes from a several thousand year-old book. Got Jesus?’

    +1

    America was designed and built on Judeo-Christian principles and values. Let us together thank G-d for that, and be grateful for the faith and history that binds Jews and Christians together. My boss is a Jewish carpenter.

    The Lord bless you and keep you;
    the Lord make His face shine upon you
    and be gracious to you;
    the Lord turn His face toward you
    and give you peace.
    Numbers 6:24-26

    Best regards, Peter Warner.

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Oh I know!!! I know!!! I know!!!!
    NBC see themselves as part of the government and they didn’t want to be accused of trying to establish a religion bahahahhahahahahaha

  • David Weston

    We need to get the stinkin’ Godless scum out of America; including the Obamination. If you ain’t Christian you have no place in this nation under God. We need a blasphemy law with very serious penalties to keep the aggressive atheist agenda in check. If they won’t worship their God they should be cracking rocks 12 hours a a day for life.

  • Joanne

    I do not buy this bull crap that ‘under God’ is dropped because it might be viewed as offensive – the truth is these atheist commies find it offensive and will do everything in their power to force everyone to submit to their Godless ways.

  • Eubulides

    #39 David Weston
    Good thing the Constitution protects my right to ignore the primitive edicts of your desert nomad blood god. Based on your blathering, I would say that your comprehension of the New Testament is woefully inadequate.

  • tommy mc donnell

    who sponsers the programs on NBC? that is whom to get mad at. the phonies in the boardrooms.

  • Gary

    #11
    “The inability of man to admit that he is under God has been with us from day one.”

    I could just as easily change that to “the inability of man to admit that there is no God…..”

    That’s dense.

    David Weston,
    Unlike morals and political views, belief in God is something that is purely faith-based. It isn’t based on a value system. You either believe it or you don’t.
    You don’t have to be Christian to be a good person, and being a Christian does not mean you’re a good person.
    As for me leaving the country because I don’t believe God, that’s not going to happen.
    BTW, I usually don’t resort to name-calling because I’m a pretty good debater, but you’re a real dumb@$$.
    You think you’ll send out all the non-Christians. I’d bet you’re 19th or even 20th century immigrant. My family has been in this country since the 1720s before there was a USA or a Constitution.
    What’s next for you Dave? Maybe get rid of the Catholics, then the Mormons, then the Amish? Then what, the Presbyterians and the Baptists? Then only the people in your church can stay, right? Then just on your side of the church maybe. Then just your pew right?
    Dumb@$$!

    Maybe crack open your Bible sometime. I don’t think there are many verses about eliminating the non-believers.
    In fact, I think Islam is probably the religion you’re looking for! Allah-hu akbar!

  • Peter Warner

    Gary @ 43 commented:

    #11: “The inability of man to admit that he is under God has been with us from day one.”

    ‘I could just as easily change that to “the inability of man to admit that there is no God…..” ‘

    My response: You can adjust the words as you like, but that does not affect the truth of RS’s observation: since Adam we are all sinners, and our selfish pride drives us to resist the authority of our Creator. The phrase ‘under God’ provokes fury in Fallen man, and your own reaction reflects it. A proud sinner can not even tolerate the suggestion of faith and humility.

    Gary continued:

    ‘David Weston,
    Unlike morals and political views, belief in God is something that is purely faith-based. It isn’t based on a value system. You either believe it or you don’t.’

    Gary is correct in that a faith in our Creator is a conscious choice: that is perhaps by His design, I think. We are given the grace to accept His authority willingly, and most people of faith thank Him for even that. Would a loving God force us to love Him? I think not, and further I think our willing devotion and gratitude is of some comfort to Him, much like a parent would prefer to have the sincere gratitude of his children, not a forced respect.

    However, whether we accept G-d or not, or even if we pretend He doesn’t exist, does not alter His existence, creation, love or hope for us. Can one really think that his life, and all of this universe, is a meaningless accident? That would be a rather foolish and empty belief.

    Gary again:
    ‘You don’t have to be Christian to be a good person,’ …

    Any Christian will agree to that, I think. My response is only to point out that while you don’t have to be a Christian to be a good person, you do have to be a Christian to find forgiveness. I say this with honest love to any of my Jewish, Buddhist, or atheist friends, if they ask me why Christianity is any different.

    ‘… and being a Christian does not mean you’re a good person.”

    Amen to that. We are all sinners. Honestly, the happiest man is the one who truly knows how terrible he is, yet finds himself justified by Christ. From there, sanctification is a process, which is acutely painful for all of us. Perhaps Gary is confusing the promise of the Gospel with some other notions.

    Gary continues:
    ‘BTW, I usually don’t resort to name-calling because I’m a pretty good debater, but you’re a …’

    And you’ve just established RS’s point.

    I also reject David Weston’s @39 call to evict non-believers, in fact his comment is so over the top I suspect it’s written falsely. A public statement like that would be soundly rejected by any responsible citizen, person of faith, as well as by any Christian, I believe. We aspire to treating our neighbor as we would wish to be treated ourselves, and are called to forgive others as we ourselves have been given forgiveness.

    Gary perceptively concluded:
    ‘In fact, I think Islam is probably the religion you’re looking for!’

    Perhaps Gary is well aware that of all mono-theistic religions, Islam is the only one that does not promote The Golden Rule or some close equivalent. Those who take Islam seriously know that ‘Islam’ means ‘submission’, and it is intent on forcing the non-Muslim world to precisely that. It is incompatible with modern society, which it intends to destroy.

    The bottom line is that our Lord died for your salvation, their Lord will kill you for his glory. It’s that simple, and that profound. I hope you might consider all that.

    Best regards, Peter Warner.

  • Gary

    Peter Warner,
    I fell asleep in there a couple of times, but to sum up (coz I don’t do line by line pick apart of other people’s posts)
    My first assertion is that there is no more truth to RS’s assertion than to the one I wrote. You can no more prove God exists than I can prove he doesn’t. As you said, it’s a conscious choice. In fact, I don’t even grant you that. It isn’t a choice, its a decision. I can choose pizza or salad for lunch. That’s a conscious choice. I don’t choose to believe or not to believe in God, I simply decide whether or not to believe. Based on the Bible’s promises for believers, given a choice, we would all choose to believe it for insurance purposes alone, if nothing else.

    As for the rest of your condescending sermon,
    I’m simply not going to be dragged into a debate on whether or not God exists, firstly for the reason pointed out above, and secondly because it devolves into endless point-counterpoint. I’d bet my butt has warmed the pew as many hours as yours has, and at the end of the day, you bought into it, I didn’t. It’s that simple.

    As for calling Dave a dumb@$$, it’s because my father used say when you argue with a fool, you have two fools arguing. When somebody says something that ignorant and offensive, I’m moved beyond polite debate, but unfortunately still limited to a mouse and keyboard for weapons. And I don’t see how that makes the point about man being unwilling to admit the existence of God (why, because this guy is a dumb@$$? you’ll have to connect the dots for me on that one).

    Good luck in your faith. If you’re right and I’m wrong, you’ll have an eternity to laugh about it, but in the more likely event that I’m right, we’ll both have eternity to no longer exist (and it’s the inability to admit that which has caused the concept of faith in God to spring up all over the planet).

  • Peter Warner

    Gary @45 concluded:

    ‘Good luck in your faith. If you’re right and I’m wrong, you’ll have an eternity to laugh about it, but in the more likely event that I’m right, we’ll both have eternity to no longer exist (and it’s the inability to admit that which has caused the concept of faith in God to spring up all over the planet).’

    Gary my brother, I won’t be laughing. I’ll be crying.

    There is a saying that comes from the Jewish Torah somewhere, where G-d says: ‘You can love me, you can hate me, but you can not ignore me.’

    May you find peace in your heart for His love.

    Best regards, Peter Warner.

  • Gary

    Kinda sappy there.
    How can you be crying when there are no tears in heaven?
    I personally don’t know why a grown man needs the love of another man in his heart to be at peace. I’m at peace knowing that I’m a good person and that I work hard and provide for my family. I don’t need the promise of living forever in “heaven” that you apparently need to get to sleep at night. I can live with the idea that we’re only here for a while and then we’re gone. That’s what you’re afraid to accept, and it’s the reason you profess to love, fear, and worship something for which not one shred of evidence has ever been produced to prove his existence.

    Your efforts to come off as magnanimous and sanctimonious not withstanding, I’ve debated biblical scholars who have years of experience on you (including my now 80+ year old minister from the church I attended three times a week for 20 years) and the fact is, you simply have nothing more to offer on this than faith.
    Ultimately, Christians fall back on the faith argument when all else fails.
    So my thought on this is that you aren’t faithful because you believe in God, you’re faithful because it’s a stop-gap answer for all the holes in the religion. Why have a religion that makes sense, that can be proven when you can just say “faith” and be done with it, right?
    That may be enough for you, but not for me.

    I think it’s sad how easily you were duped. Maybe you should do some history reading. If not for the Emperor Constantine making the relatively arbitrary decision to make Christianity the state religion of the empire (which was a politically-motivated decision) there is no way you’d be a Christian today, but surely you’d be professing some other God to be the one true God.
    And, assuming you’d answer that by saying that Constantine made that decision for a reason, and it was God’s will, then I’d submit for evidence the majority of nations and the 3/4 + people of the world who are not Christian. If it was divine intervention that brought Christianity to the west, then does that mean God is a racist, not wishing for generation upon generation of Chinese, Indians, Africans, Pacific Islanders and others to be Christians too, and therefore not intervening to have the gospel spread to them too?
    The reason they call it the Holy Bible is because it’s full of holes. But then again, I know your “faith” can plug those holes, and you’ll be richly rewarded in heaven for your efforts to condescend to me from your Jesus high horse.

  • Bertha

    The “Pledge of Allegiance” has gone through a few changes since the USA adopted it as the Pledge to our flag. It now has in it’s verse “one nation, under God, indivisable” and should continue to be stated that way, no matter when “under God” was added.