Patriotic Confusion

Did you catch the flak about the opening video montage of the recent U.S. Open Championship Golf Tournament?

For some reason, NBC Universal Sports chose to selectively edit out the terms “under God” and “indivisible” from an inspiring video of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to our nation’s flag and “the Republic, for which it stands.” At first, I thought it might have been an unfortunate mistake. But then, they used the pledge a second time, and AGAIN edited out those same, important words. Why would they do this?

“Under God” is our National Motto! It is a strongly held, valued sentiment for the majority of our nation, and they chose to edit it out! “Indivisible” is an important expression of our “United States of America.” When the ideological elements of the political scene today threaten to polarize our people, why would they accentuate that by editing the memorable term, “Indivisible,” from the recitation?

Answer: Political Correctness.

NBC Universal responded to my complaint by saying: “As soon as management became aware of this decision and the controversy it justifiably created, it immediately took steps to correct it, resulting in an on-air apology…”

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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