June 20, 2011

NBC Admits to Pushing Patriotism

Here is what NBC had to say after Christians objected to their cutting the words "under god" from the pledge of allegiance in their U.S. Open coverage:
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.
So the whole god thing is being equated with patriotism, is it? Constitution be damned, we just cannot have an America without religious delusion. And nobody, except we atheists, even bothers to point out that the garbage about god wasn't even added until 1954!

Believe it or not, the confluence with god and America isn't even the part of this I find most objectionable. Read the first sentence of that quote again. "...it was out intent to begin the coverage...with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held i our nation's capital..." Why? Why does a television network find it necessary to push patriotism at every opportunity?

H/T to Happy Puppy Sunshine Blog

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