NBC Pledge of Allegiance Apology Not Enough for Family Research Council

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An apology is just not good enough for the Family Research Council.

NBC apologized for removing the phrase “under God” from the
Pledge of Allegiance
in a broadcast of the U.S. Open Golf Tournament
on Sunday, but the FRC wants more.

The council is urging its
members to send NBC a message, demanding that “the network … take
corrective action to ensure that the public airwaves will not be used
to censor our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.”

Tony Perkins, president of the
FRC, sent an eblast Tuesday to its members, which explains the situation
and reqests that they take part in asking NBC to “remedy this abuse
by airing a series of public service announcements with the entire
Pledge of Allegiance.”

“Remember the airwaves belong
to the public and NBC is granted permission to use those airwaves,”
the eblast says. “Removing ‘under God’ from one of the most widely
viewed sports programs is deeply disturbing and is a misuse of the
public trust they’ve been granted.”

About three hours into the broadcast, announcer Dan Hicks offered
a corporate apology: “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.”

NBC Sports Universal issued a
second apology on Monday from Vice President of Communications Chris
McCloskey. He apologized if the edit upset anyone, and said the
“decision was made by a small group of people to edit portions of
the Pledge of Allegiance. This was a bad decision.”

“They made a deliberate
decision to leave out a part of our nation’s pledge,” Perkins said on air in a CNN report. “What if they would have
left out ‘liberty’ or ‘justice?’ American people obviously caught
this and they responded to it very quickly and [NBC] began to

Perkins explained that the addition of “under God” was important to the Pledge of Allegiance and he said most Americans think the phrase should stay.

In a June 2002 Gallup Poll,
respondents were asked if they agreed or disagreed with a federal
court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional for the Pledge of Allegiance to be recited in public school classrooms. Eighty-four
percent disagreed.

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