Archive for June, 2011

NBC Omits ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance

June 21, 2011

The Pledge of Allegiance is under attack again.  This time, it is NBC, known for its leftist slant on most social issues, that is the culprit.  In a beautifully filmed opening for the U.S. Open that otherwise would have left a lump in your throat, viewers were instead left with a bitter taste in their mouths when they heard the Pledge recited sans “under God”.  Mysteriously, “indivisible” was left out as well. 

Since the 1960’s left-leaning Americans have been aggressively trying to take God out of everything … from voluntary prayer in schools to manger scenes at Christmas to “under God” in the Pledge, God is to be evaporated from our culture, our history and our lives. 

 Strangely, at the same time God is being removed, many Americans, myself included, feel as though liberty is disappearing as well. 

Could there be a connection between the two?  A short history lesson may give us some insight into how our ancestors approached that question.

The phrase, “under God”, was added to the Pledge in 1954 … 57 years ago.  That is a fact more and more Americans are coming to know in today’s world of easily accessed information.  But, how many Americans know WHY “under God” was added?

Maybe a short history lesson will shed some light.

It was on February 8, 1954 that Congress chose to introduce the bill to add “under God” to the Pledge.  This was no accident or coincidence.  February 8th was the fifth anniversary of the arrest of Cardinal Mindszenty, a Hungarian priest who was arrested, tortured and imprisoned for the “crime” of  warning his countrymen about the dangers of communism, especially its goal to eradicate all religion and replace God with the State.  In the mid-fifties Cardinal Mindszenty was a hero, well known to many and respected by leaders of the free world for his courageous stand against tyranny.  Today, no one knows his name.

Another name no one knows today is that of Congressman Louis Rabaut (D) from Michigan.  Congressman Rabaut introduced the bill, saying, “… the one fundamental issue which is the unbridgeable gap between America and Communist Russia is belief in Almighty God.” 

Even Winston Churchill warned America of the communists’ goal of eradicating God and religion from the world as part of their quest to dominate the globe.  In 1946, he visited Westminster College in Missouri and said, ” … the communist parties … constitute a growing challenge and peril to Christian civilization … “.

Our parents and grandparents got it.  Freedom and God.  God and freedom.  Where there is one, there is the other.

Americans have a sixth sense that tells them when freedom is being threatened.  The millions of Americans who Twittered NBC after the ommission were, in a way, fighting the same fight Cardinal Mindszenty fought … and Winston Churchill fought … and World War II soldiers fought … and our Founding Fathers and Mothers fought … the fight to keep God in our culture and freedom in our country.  Because when God goes, freedom goes too.

The 57th Anniversary of Flag Day

June 14, 2011

June 14, 2011 – Flag Day – will be the 57th anniversary of the first time the Pledge of Allegiance was recited with the phrase, “under God”.  I have a copy of an old black and white photo of Congressmen and Senators standing on the back of a trailer with their hands over the hearts saying it for the first time.  Apparently, it was carried on the evening news that day.

Interesting, isn’t it, that the history of the Pledge of Allegiance is known by so few Americans.  We all know it like we know our own names.  It’s burned in our memories from years and years of recitation in grade school. And yet, we know nothing of the who, what or where of its creation.  More importantly, we know nothing of the “why” … why the Pledge was written and why it was changed twice.

As I’ve researched the Pledge, I’ve come to the realization that the history of the Pledge is as important as the words themselves.  Because the history of the Pledge of Allegiance is the history of America’s rejection of socialism.  For nearly 120 years, the Pledge has acted like a compass – pointing Americans toward true North – toward liberty and away from tyranny.

Today, much of the world is in an epic battle over tyranny and freedom, oppression and liberty.  Concerns that America is closer to socialism than ever before in her history do not warm the hearts of Americans. 

Let’s tell Americans about the history of the Pledge and let them know that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is like reciting a death wish over socialism.   Words matter.  And every word in the Pledge of Allegiance matters.