One of the more noteworthy news items to come out of the Democratic National Convention this week was the kerfuffle which has arisen after two Democratic caucuses omitted the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, which was recited in their meetings at the convention. For the record the two caucuses whose participants omitted the phrase were the Muslim Delegate Assembly and the LGBTQ Caucus.
If you want to see for yourself, a video of the Muslim Delegate Assembly Caucus version of the Pledge is in this tweet from @DavidBrodyCBN.
The Pledge recited by the LGBTQ Caucus member, who had a slightly awkward moment when the speaker dropped the rainbow flag, is in this tweet, also from @DavidBrodieCBN.
President Trump called them out on Twitter on Saturday morning.
Of course, the President’s tweet led to a flurry of fact checking by Politifact and others, some of which flatly stated that the President lied when he said that Democrats omitted “under God” from the Pledge. To its credit, the Associated Press stopped short of saying that the President lied and called Trump’s statement a “distortion.”
However, the naysayers are just parsing words when they say that the President lied. Although the Democrats apparently recited the entire Pledge in their prime time events, is anyone on the left denying that at least two Democratic caucuses, comprised of Democrats as the President observed, left “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance in their caucus meetings? Anyone?
What is it with the Democrats’ unease with God at their national conventions? How can we forget what happened at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 when a sizable chunk of delegates booed loudly when the national party platform was amended to include a reference to God and also to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel?
You can draw your own conclusions from the video, but the headlines that followed observed that the Democrats had booed God at their convention.
In addition, at the Democratic Convention in 2016, when an invocation offered by a Christian minister asked for God’s blessing on Hillary Clinton, the Bernie Sanders supporters at the convention loudly jeered and heckled the pastor…during her prayer. Here is the entire invocation by Dr. Cynthia Hale.
These episodes are just bad optics for the Democrats. And they know it, given the sharp rebuke by the media of the President’s comments. In addition, unless I have missed it, and please let me know on Twitter if I have, apparently no Democrat leader has criticized the omission. And they likely will not, because it would be poor form for them to be in agreement with the President.
Whether you agree with the language of the Pledge of Allegiance or not, it is codified in the U.S. Code in 4 U.S.C. §4. The phrase “under God” was added to the Pledge in 1954, at least in part, to distinguish the United States from the atheism of communist states during the coldest part of the Cold War. I looked to see if the Code makes room for ad hoc modification of the Pledge. It does not. I also looked to see if modifying the Pledge is a criminal offense. It apparently is not.
In a time when athletes, celebrities and politicians on the left make a great show of disrespecting the Flag, and those who serve under it, by kneeling during the National Anthem, others on the left have decided that it is ok to further disrespect the Flag by altering the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Pledge is one the symbols of our Republic. As such, it should be respected and recited, in its entirety.