NBC omits 'God' from Pledge of Allegiance ... again

by Todd Starnes / Fox News, Guest Columnist |
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NEW YORK CITY (Christian Examiner) -- It seems the folks over at Rockefeller Center have a problem with the Almighty.

An astute reader pointed out that NBC has once again omitted God from the Pledge of Allegiance. The omission happened during a commercial promoting the network's upcoming spy thriller called "Allegiance." How's that for a coincidence?

"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands," a chorus of voices intones in the spot. "One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Watch the video for yourself by clicking here.

"Allegiance" is about a young CIA agent who learns his parents are former covert Russian spies who may be plotting a terrorist attack inside the United States. I'm assuming the CIA agent is the good guy – but then again – we're talking about NBC, folks.

"It's not the first time the Peacock Network has dissed a deity."


I reached out to NBC to find out why they have a problem with God but so far no one has returned my telephone call. I probably would've had a better chance of finding an NBC executive at a Wednesday night church supper.

It's not the first time the Peacock Network has dissed a deity.

In 2011 NBC was forced, yes forced, to apologize after they omitted the phrase "one nation under God" from its coverage over the U.S. Open Championship. It happened not once, but twice.

The omission ignited a firestorm on Twitter, the New York Daily News reportedat the time.

"Why does mainstream America not trust media? Simple, you can't get Pledge of Allegiance right, why trust you to tell us anything else? #NBC," Pastor Michael Catt tweeted at the time.

NBC released a statement to the trade publication Broadcasting & Cable and said the decision to eliminate God was "made by a small group of people."

"This was a bad decision," NBC stated.

You think?

And how can we forget about MSNBC?

In 2013 Rev. Al Sharpton, refused to utter "under God" during a "Lean Forward" commercial for the cable network.

In fairness to the "reverend" it may have been a simple oversight – seeing how he has a rather troubled past when reading off a TelePrompTer.

"Allegiance" will premiere Feb. 5 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

Lord have mercy.

-- Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join hisFacebook page, and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is "God Less America."