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Yesterday, NBC omitted "Under God" and "Indivisible" from their US Open telecast, which they later apologized. Of course, the Evangelical/Conservative Christian Right had their inevitable hissy fit: "NBC has assaulted [Evangelical/Conservative] Christians." They sure love playing the victim (and howl about it) when something don't go their way.

Big Hackulism's editor-in-chief and CNN "Contributor" Dana Loesch falsely stated that "NBC did this stunt on purpose."

NBC apparently edited out the phrases “indivisible” and “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance in their opening sequence for the US Open this afternoon.

If NBC or anyone else has a problem with identifying God as the source of liberty in America, their conflict dates back further than when the new Pledge was signed into law in 1954 – it extends back to when a group of free men met in a room and created the basic framework for a free society. If you dispute the source of your rights and are willing to allow your fellow man have domain over you, realize than that the reigns of power change hands and your freedom will never be assured.

My blog DanaBusted.blogspot.com shot that hysterical claim down:

Back to Loesch, who was peddling the "God is being removed" bullshit to her readers over at Big Hackulism, as nearly all of her fanbase believe that "those godless, Liberal, Socialist, Commie heathens want to get God out of everything and everywhere" crap. Well, guess who's putting God INTO everything? You guessed it. It's the Evangelical Conservatives who want their-- and solely THEIR version-- of Christ into everything. She falsely accused NBC of "betraying Christians."

NBC did apologize later for their omission, unlike the Right Wing media who were still convinced that "NBC wasn't sincere in their apology."

Here was the clip in question:
from the 06.19.2011 edition of NBC's Golf Channel on NBC: 2011 US Open.

This tells the actual truth about the Pledge of Allegiance and its history regarding the inclusion of the words "under God."

Dana Loesch is back again, this time playing the "godless Liberals are taking God out of everything" canard. Guess who inserted "under God" into the Pledge? The Evangelical Christian Right and anti-Communist groups, such as the traditionalist Catholic group Knights of Columbus. George MacPherson Docherty was the main person who came up with the additions to the words in question. The Pledge has been criticized (primarily from Atheists, Anarchists, Deists, and some Libertarians) for allegedly breaking the barrier of separation of church and state, principally for the inclusion of the words "under God." The last time I checked, God is still everywhere in this country, even in ultra-Blue areas.

This is NOT the first time that NBC's being under attack from the Christian Right (and likely won't be the last). Remember them whining about NBC allegedly removing religious references from VeggieTales?

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