During the U.S. Open golf championship last Sunday, NBC played a taped Pledge of Allegiance that left out the words “under God,” for which the station later apologized. This incident became the latest media outrage on the right. The Family Research Council demanded that NBC "air a daily public service announcement with the entire Pledge of Allegiance." Newt Gingrich plugged his book, “A Nation Like No Other,” calling it “dramatically more relevant” following NBC's omission. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) asked the U.S. Golf Association to reconsider its relationship with NBC, stating, “When we silence the name of God, we dim the light of freedom that defines us.”
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) cast the blame beyond NBC. According to Akin, NBC is a liberal station and its omission was emblematic of liberalism’s “hatred of God and...belief that government should replace God.” Listen as Akin speaks to Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council:
Akin: This was something that was done systematically, it was done intentionally, and it is tremendously corrosive in terms of all of the values and everything that’s made America such a unique and special nation.
Perkins: Why would NBC do this?
Akin: Well, I think NBC has a long record of being very liberal and at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God. And so they’ve had a long history of not being at all favorable toward many of things that have been such a blessing to our country... This is a systematic effort to try to separate our faith and God, which is a source in our belief in individual liberties, from our country. And when you do that you tear the heart out of our country.