Congress should repeal “under God” addition to Pledge
Keep government free from religion
The notion of pledging allegiance to the flag as a symbol of pledging allegiance to the Constitution and Bill of Rights is a worthwhile tradition, I think.
The pledge of allegiance was invented by Francis Bellamy and in his original writing, there was no “under God.” The reason is that the United States separates church from state and the comingling is inappropriate. The pledge should reflect the purist form of Constitutional ideals, and I think that our nation has an elegant way of dealing with religion.
Those who are believers can do so at their free will. Those who are not can do so without pressure or interference from believers.
Where faith and religion get cross wired is when any religion has in its creed the intent to impose or to discredit anyone else for their not believing as they do. Worse still, Islam has in the Koran the intent to impose religious laws on society. That is an affront to our system.
Congress should strive for consistency in removing religion and its artifacts from government.
An apology from NBC for omitting “under God” in its promo for the US Open is inappropriate. Also inappropriate is the phrase, “under God.” I won’t swear on a stack of Bibles either.
“NBC Apologizes for Omitting 'Under God' From Pledge During U.S. Open Broadcast
Published June 19, 2011
The words were edited out of a clip of children reciting the oath -- a move immediately noted by viewers, who took to Twitter and various blogs to voice their anger, the Huffington Post reported.
In a statement during the broadcast, NBC commentator Dan Hicks said, "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."
The words "under God" were not in the original pledge from 1892 and were not added until 1954.
While this was going on, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy romped to an eight-shot win to claim his first major title with a record-low 72-hole score of 16-under par at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.