On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Irked viewers aren’t buying NBC’s apology for censoring “under God”

NBC’s decision to edit the word “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during last weekend’s coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament has teed off thousands, including an Ohio congressman, who wants the U.S. Golf Association to reconsider its relationship with the television network.

Here’s NBC’s politically correct version of the pledge, which happened twice:

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“When we silence the name of God, we dim the light of freedom that defines us,” Congressman Jim Renacci wrote in a letter sent to golf association Executive Director Mike Davis. “That is why this matters.”


Golf Digest magazine recently ranked Renacci as one of the best golfers in Congressman, ranking even higher than House Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan who played golf with President Obama last weekend.

NBC’s censored version of the Pledge didn’t score with viewers either, who tweeted their ire on Twitter and lit up the NBC telephone switchboards in protest.

“The good folks at NBC took it upon themselves to edit ‘under God’ out of this sacred pledge. However,” lamented golf fan Gary P. Jackson of the Internet site A Time for Reckoning, “NBC issued a lukewarm statement, hoping it would be considered an apology.”

“They are just testing the waters to gauge public reaction, if any,” wrote an irked viewer on another site. “Recall Harry Reid, former Senate Democrat leader, omitted the same words, then played dumb. Omitting ‘under God’ will soon become the politically correct way to say the Pledge. This is sad and bodes ill for America.”
Although written in 1892, the pledge was adopted by Congress in 1942as America’s official pledge . Twelve years later, Congress added “under God” — a  phrase which it’s had now for 57 years.

The NBC statement read:


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. 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’s statement only came after the topic raged for hours on the social media. Network insiders blamed “a technician” who thought the patriotic spot should be shortened. Jackson wasn’t buying NBC’s apology or the explanation. Instead, he told his readers that this is pretty much how NBC works. “They do something evil, then when enough people protest, they try and make it seem like an innocent slight. This is an insult to every American. It’s a double insult to those brave men and women who have fought, and died to keep America free.”

Congressman Renacci was unconvinced as well. 

“Although I was pleased to see that NBC has apologized for its role in this unfortunate incident, as an avid fan of the sport and as an American, I would ask that USGA consider reviewing its relationship with NBC in advance of any future events,” he told golf association officials.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Arnold L. Dowling Jr.

    What is Happening to our world. Get that evil ones out of congress who are trying to make changes in our country. NBC you lost a costomer I hope more will fallow.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brenda Davis


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jack lockhart

    i will not watch nbc againnor will my friends, bye nbc.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Alden Guillory

    Poor .. of them .. and we are poorer for it .. Apologize not to me .. but to the ONE u forgot…

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Brenda Davis


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment David A Wojnar

    While “under God” was added in the 1950’s in response to Russian communism and the cold war, it was entirely wrong for NBC to take it upon themselves to edit this from the broadcast. Expecting viewers to believe that it was a “mistake” is just insulting.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carlos

    It’s a shame that when it come to money in God we trust. When it comes to God it’s Him we forget! How convenient eh?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Izuchukwu Nwachukwu

    I am always sad whenever i read from the net THE ERROSION OF GODS VALUES in the USA.From banning of prayers in public schools to removal of the Cross from highways now this.
    America is where they are because of God and only God will uphold them.
    What we saw is the activities of atheist who are busy fightin A GOD they say dosnt exist.

    from Nigeria

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mr. Joseph

    The Word of God declares: “If the foundations be destroyed, what will the righteous do?” To all in Christ Jesus, one puts a thousand to flight and two put ten thousand to flight. I decree victory over rebellious spirits and cast down imaginations and every high thought or thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity, every thought to the obedience of Jesus Christ.

    Speak it in faith, from the platform of belief that has been built in your heart through the Word of God. No weapon!!!

    All Praises, Glory and Honor, belong to God in Christ Jesus.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dane

    I can’t believe these responses. Every one is so concerned with the freedom of expression, the erosion of “God” based values…does no one here take into consideration those who DON’T believe in “God”?

    Why should the Pledge Of Allegiance of my country still continue to contain a reference that was only included because one of our past Presidents was terrified that, without it, we’d be seen as no different from the “godless” Communists of Russia and China? It’s antiquated.

    Why should I put up with the government of my country being decidedly pro-Christian? And let’s make no mistake…the “God” in the Pledge is most definitely a reference to the Christian deity. Our government is supposed secular in it’s administering of the populace. Anyone recall the phrase on the National Seal? Novo Ordo Seclorum…’New Secular Order’. It was the intent of the Founding Fathers that our government not take sides when it comes to religion…why do so many Christians insist that they should?

    The Christians protesting NBC are clamoring about freedom, but the truth is that they really aren’t concerned with freedom as a whole. They are concerned that they be free to spread Christian beliefs and propaganda at will, but go into a furious uproar when someone has the audacity to suggest that anyone should be free from having to be exposed to those beliefs and propaganda.

    If there are those who desire to be Christians, that’s perfectly fine. Keep it in your churches, your Christian organizations and among those who wish to be exposed and educated by Christian beliefs and values. It’s even completely all right to stage public demonstrations and rallies for Christian ideology…that’s what freedom means; however, keep your Christian ideology out of governmental procedure, community planning and welfare and our legal system. Oh, and don’t forget…you can publicly demonstrate all you like concerning Christianity, as is your right…just as it is the rights of others to tune you out, walk away or stage counter-protests. THAT’s what freedom means.

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