I pledge allegiance/to the flag/of the United States of America/and to the Republic/For which it stands/One Nation/Indivisible/With Liberty, and Justice, for All.
It’s been over a decade since I said the pledge of allegiance, but it was drilled into me throughout my elementary years. In fact, as I was writing that, I could still hear a chorus of children’s voices repeating it. We stopped saying the pledge when I was high school, because there just wasn’t enough time in the day to devote to silly formalities. But I have prefect recall of it.
Of course, some may bicker with my claim that I have perfect recall. Astute readers note that I left something out– or, rather, I didn’t put something in.
That phrase I left, Under God, is also missing from an NBC commercial for their new spy-thriller, a show called Allegiance.
So why’s that a big deal?
I don’t know, but Todd Starnes is fit to be tied over it. He’s got a new column over on the Tea Party News Network condemning the network for their lapse in deity worship during commercial breaks.
An astute reader pointed out that NBC has once again omitted God from the Pledge of Allegiance. The omission happened during a commercial promoting the network’s upcoming spy thriller called “Allegiance.” How’s that for a coincidence?
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I reached out to NBC to find out why they have a problem with God but so far no one has returned my telephone call. I probably would’ve had a better chance of finding an NBC executive at a Wednesday night church supper.
I can’t imagine why they aren’t biting at the bit to return your call, Todd.
By now it’s public knowledge that the phrase, Under God, wasn’t in the original pledge of allegiance as penned by Christian Socialist and Pastor Francis Bellamy. The phrase was only added in the 1950s, during the Second Red Scare, to distinguish between us and the “Godless Commies and Soshulists” (taste the historical irony). By cutting out the nonsense, NBC is keeping with tradition in a way that the conservative networks aren’t. It’s kinda of strange that a so-called “liberal” network would do a better job keeping with tradition than the self-appointed tradition-keepers, isn’t it?