The video in question, from the 06.19.2011 edition of NBC's Golf Channel on NBC: 2011 US Open.
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 apparently edited out the phrases “indivisible” and “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance in their opening sequence for the US Open this afternoon.
What those working to drive out God from America don’t realize is that man is no longer truly free once man is given domain over the basic rights of others. Do they really believe that simple man is a better arbitrator of liberty than God? Man, who has perverted, shamed, and misrepresented his faith by waging war, killing and oppressing his fellow man? Those who wish to “free” America from God want to entrust us to this sort of jurisdiction? They’ll believe in corrupt men who waste their free will over the entity who bestowed upon them free will so that they could truly be free in life and choice?
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.
NBC apologized for omitting the words "indivisible" and "under God." But will Loesch and her ilk give NBC credit for them apologizing? Hell NO! They'll just continue to play the "Blame the Liberals/Atheists/Secularists" and the "We [Conservative/Evangelical] Christians are being silenced and persecuted" cards.
From USA Today's golf section on USAToday.com:
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — An omission in the Pledge of Allegiance had NBC issuing an on-air apology Sunday during the U.S. Open.
The network opened its broadcast with a montage that included children reciting the pledge, but the words "under God" and "indivisible" were omitted.
The backlash on social media was quick and harsh, with some tweets calling for a boycott of NBC.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," announcer Dan Hicks told viewers. "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."
Even after NBC apologized, Loesch was still crying like toddler.
*UPDATE: Readers on Twitter are telling me that one of the anchors has apologized on camera for the omission, saying that he is sorry if anyone was offended. If it was an error, it was made in production, though I’m still curious as to how one can accidentally omit parts of the very short Pledge of Allegiance twice.Newsbusters's Mark Finkelstein also blogged about the nonsense story, accusing NBC of "not fully apologizing":
As Noel Sheppard reported earlier, in the show-opening feature of its coverage of the final round of the US Open golf championship today, NBC--twice--edited out the words "under God" from its clip of school children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Clearly many Americans were offended and let NBC know about it. Because later in the broadcast, host Dan Hicks issued an apology on behalf of the network. But NBC simply compounded one omission with another. The apology spoke of "a portion of the Pledge" being edited out--but never mentioned that the omitted words were "under God."
Looks like Dana Loesch (and almost all of her listeners/fans) have lots of ties to the Evangelical Conservative Christianity world. And this is more proof that she is just another Republican watercarrier disguised as an Independent Conservative.
UPDATE: This is not the first time that NBC's been under hot water by the Christian Right. Remember them accusing NBC of allegedly whitewashing religious references out of VeggieTales? NBC is offically religion-neutral, whereas VeggieTales had an Evangelical Christian take on religion for kids.