Pledge of Allegiance revisionism
NBC-TV tried to revise the Pledge of Allegiance yesterday. This kind of revisionism is now all too typical.
How does the Pledge of Allegiance read?
Francis Bellamy, in 1892, wrote the first version of the Pledge of Allegiance. This Pledge has seen four revisions since then. The most recent was by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who in 1954 added the phrase “under God.”
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Another attempt at revision happened on this Father’s Day at the U.S. Golf Open. NBC television edited out the words “under God” that Eisenhower included. Twice it played its edited version of school children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. This was no error. The children did not omit the words by mistake. NBC deliberately cut the words out, and then had to apologize after an onslaught of protests throughout all social media venues.
Is this an isolated case?
Sadly, no. This kind of historical revisionism, or trying to remove “God” from all things American, has been going on for years. In September 2010, and then again in October 2010, President Obama omitted the words “by our Creator” when reciting the Preamble of our Declaration of Independence. And MSNBC, a cable news channel established to augment the content from NBC and its partners, ran a patriotically themed ad that excluded the words as well, but it did include a quick segment of a gay marriage ceremony during the mention of “unalienable rights.” They had to pull this ad very quickly.
What should we do about it?
To be sure, NBC and MSNBC have a right to free speech and to broadcast whatever philosophies they like. To be sure, I also have a right not to watch anything they broadcast – and I intend to exercise that right. Some things you do not mess with. The Pledge of Allegiance is one of them.
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You can read more about this nation’s Christian heritage in our article entitled “Is America a Christian Nation?”
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