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'Under God' dropped from Pledge on House floor
Posted By Drew Zahn On 10/25/2010 @ 9:23 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn.
Yet another elected federal official is under fire for omitting references to God in America’s historical documents and creeds.
A C-SPAN video has surfaced of U.S. Representative Betty McCollum, D-Minn., leading the floor of the U.S. House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, but conspicuously going silent when the words “under God” would normally be said.
As WND has reported, President Obama has also been caught deleting references to God – on three separate occasions in a little over a month – by quoting the Declaration of Independence but glaringly omitting the founding document’s acknowledgement of God as “Creator” and source of human rights.
Where the Declaration states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” President Obama has quoted only that all men “are endowed” with certain rights.
The video of McCollum’s omission, which dates from an April 17, 2002, session of Congress, was reportedly discovered in the C-SPAN archives by a voter from the congresswoman’s district and then spread through a number of blogs and websites, inciting a flurry of critical comments from readers.
The C-SPAN video – where McCollum recites “one nation, indivisible” instead of the Pledge’s “one nation under God, indivisible” – can be seen below:
When McCollum’s office was asked about the incident in 2002, her chief of staff, Bill Harper, said it was “a totally innocent accident.”
“Betty is a Girl Scout leader who taught the Pledge of Allegiance and is a member of the American Legion auxiliary and the VFW auxiliary,” Harper told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “She loves the Pledge of Allegiance.”
Harper further explained that she had stood on the House floor to deliver a speech on the environment when she was unexpectedly asked to recite the Pledge, and then she was given contrary instructions on where to stand.
Midway through the Pledge, Harper said, “she was afraid she had her back to the flag, and she kind of took a deep breath,” causing her to accidentally drop the words.
The video, however, clearly shows McCollum turning from the microphone at the beginning of the Pledge and facing the massive U.S. flag that hangs behind the speaker’s seat.
A St. Paul native, McCollum is a graduate of College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and is listed by Project Vote Smart as a Roman Catholic. She has nonetheless been a champion of both legalized abortion and homosexual advocacy during her 10 years in office.
As for the president’s repeated omissions of references to God when quoting the Declaration, WND’s correspondent at the White House, Les Kinsolving, raised the issue after the second incident in a daily briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Kinsolving said, “Twice in recent weeks, the president has quoted from the Declaration of Independence and has omitted the Declaration’s reference to rights ‘endowed by their Creator.’ Why did he omit this part of the Declaration?”
“I haven’t seen the comments, Lester, but I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence,” Gibbs said.
WND reported on the first incident, Sept. 15, when Obama told a meeting of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that the document states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The video, where the reference appears shortly past the 22-minute mark:
CNSNews.com reported Sept. 22 when Obama, speaking to a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, did it again.
“If we stay true to our values,” the president said, “if we believe that all people are created equal and everybody is endowed with certain inalienable rights and we’re going to make those words live, and we’re going to give everybody opportunity, everybody a ladder into the middle class, every child able to go as far as their dreams will take them – if we stay true to that, then we’re going to be able to maintain the energy and the focus, the fight, the gumption to get stuff done.”
Other references to America’s Christian heritage have been excised at the home of the Liberty Bell, the Supreme Court and even the Washington Monument.
Chaplain Todd DuBord, who works with martial-arts expert, actor and philanthropist Chuck Norris’ multiple organizations, has documented the ongoing trend at his National Treasures website.
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