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Published:June 20th, 2011 11:41 EST

Shame On NBC For Apologizing For Omitting 'Under God' From Pledge Of Allegiance

By Robert Paul Reyes

"NBC issued an on-air apology Sunday for omitting the words `under God` from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage of the U.S. Open."

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The controversial words "under God" were not in the original pledge from 1892 and were not added until 1954.The 1950`s were a time of paranoia over communism, and the divisive phrase was added to the pledge to distinguish America from the "godless" Soviets.

It`s an affront to the ideals of inclusiveness and democracy for such a belligerent phrase to be a part of the Pledge of Allegiance. NBC did the right thing by omitting the religious words from the pledge of a secular nation. Would to God that Congress would do the right thing and delete the offensive words from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Patriotism and religion are a combustible mix, true patriots should be outraged that this incendiary phrase is part of the pledge.

Shame on NBC for caving in to criticism and issuing an apology!

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