Taking out several words in the Pledge of Allegiance during Sunday's U.S. Open is creating a firestorm of controversy and has NBC issuing an apology.
The network opened its broadcast with a pre-taped montage that included children reciting the pledge, but the words "under God" and "indivisible" were omitted. Click here to watch it.
It didn't take long for the backlash to begin on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Some were even calling for a boycott of NBC. Others posted comments like "The dishonor show to God in our nation is sad" and "Time to remove this anti-American network from our airwaves." Read more on what people are saying about this on Twitter .
NBC later issued this apology: "We began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago, and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation's capital for the third time," announcer Dan Hicks told viewers. "Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone, and we'd like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it."
Some of you have already been commenting on the story on CNY Central's Facebook page .
Beverly Lathrop writes, "If we have to b open minded to their "Ways and Religion" Then they can be opened minded too and LEAVE OUR PLEDGE AS IS!!!!!"
Jessica Justice: "Before 1954, there was no "one nation, under god" in the pledge. For the sake of the kids in schools with different religious beliefs, I am glad they are taking it back out."
Mary Wilmot: "Yep, let's take out all the positive things in life so Jessica can have her world and indoctrinate our children without morals and values."
Did you now the phrase "under God" was not part of the original Pledge of Allegiance? It was added on June 14, 1954.
Read more about the history of the pledge here.
Here's what some other people are saying about the controversy online:
"This was not accident. It was by design, and will occur again."
"Why would NBC do that? Why would they take the "liberty" to change it? The apology was lame to say the least. I hate those "if you were offended" disingenuous IMO apologies. Such a bad decision. Did they REALLY think no one would notice who watches golf, no one would care, or no one would be outraged? Just stupid!"
"I always leave "under God" out when I recite the pledge...and I don't do it quietly. People want to pretend atheists aren't real citizens the way they didn't think blacks were."
"Religion and government should be kept at arms length. The original and proper Pledge of Allegiance didn't contain the words "under god" anyway. We should go back to it."
"I don't really get why the pledge is a part of a golf tournament, or how sports events in general have become appropriate times for patriotic expression. I also don't really get sports. Or the incessant debate over the pledge."
What do you think about the controversy? Do you think the omission was done inadvertently? Or was NBC making a statement? Were you offended? Why or why not? Leave your comments below.
Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.