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NBC inexplicably edits out “Under God” from Pledge

At the beginning of NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, the network inexplicably cut the phrase “under God” from a childrens’ recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

What would prompt the network to eliminate that phrase? The editing seems purposeful and Dan Hick’s failed attempt at an apology does nothing to alleviate disdain from viewers.

“Earlier 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 that were offended by it.”

Hick’s statement doesn’t assert that the omission was an accident or mis-step. In fact, he seems to be saying that the edit was intentional, they just didn’t do it with the purpose of upsetting anyone.

The PGA has received hundreds of calls asking about the intent of the edit to which they released this statement on their PGA tour facebook page:

A note to those of you who have posted on our page regarding yeterday’s broadcast of the US Open and the way the Pledge of Allegiance was handled. We were unaware of the decision to edit the piece in that way prior to its airing. We have passed along your concerns and are addressing the decision with our partners at NBC Sports. Thanks for tuning in and letting us know you care.

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  1. M.Foss says:

    The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892 by the socialist minister Francis Bellamy (1855-1931)
    Are we socialist….not at the moment….It was edited for our country, our desires and view points. The constitution was originally made by a group of gentlemen comprised of primarily Christian believers and was founded on biblical principals. Check your history :). We were to be allowed our religious freedoms and to not suffer under the religious tyranny of people like yourself who seek to destroy the rights of the many Americans who still believe in the one true God that granted us this freedom. NBC spit in the face of the children that made the pledge and their beliefs…can’t you see that?

  2. Michael says:

    The “under God” wording unnecessarily excludes millions of Americans who don’t believe the nation is under a deity, one could argue that utilizing the God-free version of the Pledge is actually more patriotic.

  3. S. Martin says:

    That phrase does not belong in the Pledge anyway!

    Check your history. “Under God” was added in the 1950s. The Pledge was written in the late 1800s.

    We are NOT a nation “under” any god/s. That’s a theocracy. The U.S. is a constitutional republic.

    • SemperFi says:

      You need to look up the definition of a theocracy. You also need to do a little research of your own as to how this country was established and what the REAL definition of separation of church and state actually means. Yes, we are a constitutional republic that was built upon Christian principles. While God was added years later, EVERY govt meeting began and ended with prayer! I’m sick of you non believers pushing YOUR agenda on us in the guise of being neutral. You aren’t being neutral at all, you’re demanding your way! What has happened to TOLERANCE in this country? RESPECT for people who do pray or believe? What does it hurt for you to politely bow your head when the majority around want to pray? Why can’t you be tolerant of others by shutting your mouth the 1 or 2 minutes for a prayer? That’s how it’s been done for over 200 years, until recently when left wing nut jobs started making all their demands based on twisted readings of the Constitution!
      ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, PERIOD! Get over it, learn some respect and tolerance of others, and for God’s sake, practice what you preach! STUDY THE REAL HISTORY and not that pinko crap the socialists and communists feed you!