NBC’s godless Pledge of Allegiance

Frank Mickens took NBC to task for its censorship of “under God” and “indivisible” from the Pledge of Allegiance over the weekend. Mickens is a news anchor for CBS affiliate WFMY-TV in Greensboro, North Carolina. He did what our free press is supposed to do: hold accountable those in power. We need more intrepid journalists like Frank Mickens.

NBC had presented a wonderful video montage showing our brave soldiers defending us in foreign lands, interspersed with school children reciting the Pledge. It was a beautiful image — until alert viewers spotted the mangling of the words. This was no accident, no mere oversight. This was a conscious decision of NBC executives to trash the congressionally mandated words of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Has NBC become the Newdow Broadcasting Company? Michael Newdow, you’ll recall, is the legal gadfly who is forever running into federal courts trying to get “under God” thrown out of the Pledge and “In God We Trust” stricken from our money. Newdow and his fellow atheizers will not rest until they’ve sand-blasted our monuments on the Mall and bulldozed the crosses and Stars of David at the U.S. Cemetery in Normandy.

When called on their censorship, NBC quickly issued a non-apologetic apology. If any of our viewers were offended, we are sorry, they “humma-hummaed.” They didn’t even say the words that they were sorry for censoring. Nor did they broadcast a complete version of the Pledge of Allegiance. Their trial balloon went down like the Hindenberg, but the NBC “suits” stayed on board until it crashed.

Striking out “under God” is no small omission. It goes to the core of what we are as a people. We are coming up to the Fourth of July weekend. The Declaration of Independence repeatedly refers to God and His rule over this nation. In the Declaration, we acknowledge Him as our Creator, the endower of our rights. We appeal to Him as the Supreme Judge of the world. We beg for the protection of our country by Divine Providence. Our view of ourselves as a nation under God could not be clearer.

Just as in the days of slavery, many today try to de-emphasize the Declaration of Independence while worshiping the Constitution. We should have reverence for the Constitution, yes. But Lincoln described the relationship of the Declaration to the Constitution in the poetic words of Scripture: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11) Lincoln said that the principle that all men are created equal was the apple of gold:

The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word “fitly spoken” which has proven an “apple of gold” to us. The Union, and the Constitution, are the picture of silver, subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not to conceal, or destroy the apple; but to adorn and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple — not the apple for the picture.

None of the words fitly spoken in the Constitution’s picture, or frame, make sense if they are not related to those apples of gold in the Declaration.

By censoring “under God,” we remove an essential support for the Declaration and the Constitution. Ours is no “godless Constitution,” as some atheizers believe, because ours is no godless nation. We have no state religion, thank God, and no established church. This is as it should be. But neither should we permit atheists to force their worldview on us and make a “naked public square” secularism our governing philosophy.

The American people, through their elected representatives, put “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. It has been there since 1954. President Eisenhower signed the bill. If the atheizers want to get rid of it, they are free to go to Congress and to propose legislation to remove those words. What they are not free to do is to strike them down by judicial usurpation or by the outrageous and offensive censorship of a licensed broadcaster using the public airways.

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison are Senior Fellows with the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

  • CivicsTeacher

    Respectfully, Mr Blackwell and Mr Morrison, no less that a retraction of your factually incorrect assertions is needed. Though silly, NBC did not censor the pledge, they vividly affirmed it.

    In the third grade I learned my civics from General Eisenhower, and if we still taught civics in grade school, such misunderstandings would disappear.

    Law 101: All Western democracies are based on supporting liberty of conscience. As spelled out in the US constitution and concrete law, this means that the Klu Klux Klan can hate all they wish in private, but the law and the state can only step in to punish proven acts of violence or harm against others.

    Why is this so? Because human laws are nothing more than a MECHANISM to regulate human actions. In order to TRY to remove the bias and fallibility of humans, a Judge or a jury interprets the Law in order to reach a fair decision. Until God is on the Supreme Court, this is the best our God-loving country can do to establish liberty and fairness both.

    It’s time to grow up, and realize that burning an American flag is truly sickening, but the fact that our law supports flag burning is NOTHING but inspiring; a deep affirmation of justice that God is thrilled about. Sorry, it’s an ugly mechanism with a sweet reward. Liberty!

    The correct Christian position on this should be to return the pledge to being an oath to the state. Concurrently, more discussion of God is school is inspiring, but sanctioning prayer is disgusting. Sorry about that; growing up is hard to do.

    Demanding an oath to God as well as the state just poisons the mechanism of law leading only to Hitler. A first year law clerk understands that the ultimate postion taken here is advocating for the USA to become a Theocracy. (See Iran.)

  • lisainseattle

    The word God should have never been added. The pledge should apply to all American’s, not just one group.

  • Thinkman

    “Newdow and his fellow atheizers will not rest until they’ve sand-blasted our monuments on the Mall and bulldozed the crosses and Stars of David at the U.S. Cemetery in Normandy.”

    Really? NBC a private broadcaster so they can do as they wish. The words “under God” were inserted in the pledge to appease those fearing the Godless Communists at the time. Our nation should not be built on the fear of anyone.

    “We have no state religion, thank God, and no established church.” Oh really? Why are you insisting on having everyone acknowledge God then?

    “…neither should we permit atheists to force their worldview on us and make a “naked public square” secularism our governing philosophy.”

    Apperently you have no qualms about forcing your view of an all powerful deity on the rest of us however.

    Yes eventually this pledge will be put back as it should be when the light of reason eventually shines on those in power.

  • fallan

    Im a Brit and my country is now secular.America is also heading that way and NBC leaving out the passage “under God”in your pledge of allegiance is proof that its already started.What fools you all are rejecting God and His Son Jesus and replacing it with atheism.One offers hope and eternal justice the other no hope and no justice.Hitler.Stalin,Polpot and all the other despots who avoided justice in this life according to atheism will get away with their crimes because for them as there is no God then there is no Judgement.

    • Liberty for All

      Shouldn’t that read “Under Gods,” since the son of God would be a god, no? And that would make two? Polytheism?

      And Hitler was Catholic. And Russia was extremely devout. How come only the illiterate, ultra-devout countries become communist? No thinkie, no freedom?

  • BigRmv

    I’m sorry for people who don’t believe in God; people who see themselves as the end-all-be-all of creation.

    I, on the other hand, look around and see amazing and wondrous sites daily and realize how vast the unknown universe is and how little we understand. I can’t begin to imagine that it’s all some interesting coincidence and that the one sentient species we know of in the universe–we humans–were somehow in the right place at the right time to notice it all.

    I could give examples, but it would be wasted words. Or, as my religion says, “Cast not your pearls before swine.”

    • Thinkman

      That’s great. I’m glad you believe and are happy. Now show respect for everyone else’s beliefs or non beliefs by not forcing yours on the rest of us.

    • Liberty for All

      “End all be all of creation???” How does evolving from worms compare with in the image of a god for chutzpah?

  • churchofliberty

    God is a myth supported only by fantasy and spread through fear, indoctrination, and false hope.

  • ProudBleedingHeart

    Ah, mob rule. Doesn’t it feel great? “Under God” was added in fear during the Cold War. Those god-less Commies were coming for us, dag-nabbit!

    Red scare is over. Let’s not take any further steps backward.

    E pluribus unum