(AP) NBC has apologized for editing the words “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance before Sunday’s U.S. Open broadcast, but some Christian groups are demanding a fuller explanation.
The network opened its broadcast of the final round of the golf tournament with a montage that included children reciting the pledge, but the words “under God” and “indivisible” were omitted, not once but twice.
Three hours later, announcer Dan Hicks told viewers, “regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out.”
He added, “We’d like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.”
NBC Sports also issued a written apology the next day concerning the incident, calling it a “bad decision.”
Reverend Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition calls that “a pathetic apology” for what he believes was an intentional omission.
Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice said the apology was “too little, too late.”
The ACLJ sent a letter of protest to the both the network and the U.S. Golf Association and has also organized a public letter to “protect the Pledge.”
Click here to read and/or sign the letter of protest
“NBC crossed a troubling line and offended millions of Americans by cutting the phrase ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance. The phrase ‘under God’ is not a throw-away line, an afterthought,” said Jordan Sekulow, the ACLJ’s Policy Director.
NBC’s Video Montage courtesy of News Busters
Here are some of the most recent articles regarding the Pledge Controversy
Washington Times: NBC’s Pledge Problem
Washington Post: NBC’s selective patriotism at the U.S. Open
Charisma Magazine: NBC Nixes ‘Under God’ From Pledge of Allegiance
CBN News: Religious Groups Want Explanation from NBC
The Christian Post: NBC Pledge of Allegiance Apology ‘Too Little, Too Late;’ Christians Demand Explanation
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