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Monday, June 20, 2011

NBC, Goshen College and Deepak Chopra

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right." — Thomas Paine

Today NBC issued an on-air apology Sunday for omitting the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage of golf's U.S. Open.

The words were edited out of a clip of children reciting the oath —a move immediately noted by viewers, who took to Twitter and various blogs to voice their anger, the Huffington Post reported.

In a statement during the broadcast, NBC commentator Dan Hicks said, "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.”

"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."

The words "under God" were not in the original pledge from 1892 and were not added until 1954.

On Sunday morning, before the final round of the United States Open — a Father’s Day tradition for golfers in this country and beyond, and arguably the most grueling test of golf in the world — NBC produced one of those little lead-in montages. You see, the Open was being played at historic Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland, right outside of Washington, DC, and the montage was a little patriotic deal showing pictures along with clips of kids reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Only — the fine producers at NBC decided that it would be much better for the viewers not to be subjected to the phrase “under God,” not once — but twice.

This, of course, is not all that surprising — but then it happens. And we just let it happen. You see, the network is right that we are dupes, but not for the reasons they think — that is, that we are backwards, hayseed, Bible-thumpers in flyover country. Rather, we are dupes because we just keep watching and keep letting it happen. We want to watch sports, so we just gather ’round the TV for the latest erectile dysfunction commercial or teenage-targeted, sexed-up “Axe” commercial. We wait for the creative geniuses on Madison Ave. to give us another Go-Daddy clip while we bow-down to pink-clad athletes on the field promoting Susan Komen (and the money the organization gives to Planned Parenthood), all while watching the “green” broadcast from NBC where they praise each other for being planet friendly — no doubt having eschewed the limo for the Prius en route to the studio. (Take note Bob Costas)

Just like the countless other things we do every day endorsing, either overtly or silently, the downgrade of God, marriage and most things virtuous — we just keep on watching.

I wish I thought there would be a “fix” beyond DVR. But then, that’s not really my point. My point is that the secular elitists continue to own it all and to push their view of the world into every aspect of our lives while we are forced to retreat to the corners of our churches and houses and pretend we are not supporting this nonsense when we watch and when we buy the products of the advertisers.

Whatever happened to the once famous the Blue Network that mostly carried519px-NBC_Tower,_Chicago sustaining or non-sponsored broadcasts, especially news and cultural programs? NBC was famous for its great line-up radio and TV programs such as; Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra, Texaco Star Theater staring Milton Berle and the great news reporting of Huntley-Brinkley. Now what are they famous for? Brian Williams, MSNBC and the billions they have paid to acquire the rights to broadcast the next few Olympic Games — games I probably won’t watch as I will not want to be deluged with their lefty commentaries.

NBC has unquestionably committed an act of religious bigotry designed to offend Christians. Removing ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance in a piece they aired yesterday during the U.S. Open – not once, but twice – was absolutely not accidental.

It was brazenly deliberate.

NBC's pathetic apology did nothing but compound the offense by refusing to admit what they had done. Either NBC identifies and fires the employee or employees responsible for this act or the network is guilty of deliberately giving aid and comfort to religious bigots. Click here for more.

Goshen College bans the National Anthem

Officials at Goshen College, a Mennonite college in Indiana, have banned the use of the Star-Spangled Banner during sporting events. The reason school officials gave for the ban was that America’s National Anthem was deemed too violent. Specifically, according to Todd Starnes of FOX News, the school’s online fact sheet stated, “Historically, playing the national anthem has not been among Goshen College’s practices because of our Christ-centered core value of compassionate peacemaking seeming to be in conflict with the anthem’s militaristic language.” Professor John Blosser, an art instructor at Goshen, attempted to clarify the school’s opposition to the national anthem by saying, “It’s obviously about a battle. It’s rather violent. It’s about using violence to conquer and that would be something that many people would have problems with.”

It is always interesting to listen to liberals’ attempts to legitimize their attacks on traditional America. In this case, Professor Blosser would do well to study the history of the national anthem. Contrary to the professor’s statement, the National Anthem is not a song with aggressive, imperialistic undertones. The reality is that the lyrics of the National Anthem were written by Francis Scott Key and were based on the American defense of Fort McHenry from British attack during the War of 1812. Before liberal pacifists like Blosser declare war on the national anthem in places beyond Goshen University, maybe we should take a moment to examine the actual lyrics:


O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,

O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;

O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

’Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,

A home and a country, should leave us no more?

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.

Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!

Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust;”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

The Star-Spangled Banner defines patriotism through love of flag and country within the context of defending the nation. In this situation, conquering the British was simply defending the homeland and its representing flag. Our country’s national anthem is not a song about invasion. This strongly contrasts from Blosser’s alluding that the anthem has an association with imperialistic violence. Furthermore, when we take a look at the Star-Spangled Banner in its entirety, there is little doubt that the song itself is an acknowledgment of our country’s indebtedness to God to save us in times of war and deliver us to the blessed peace found in victory. Isn’t this a Mennonite value?

The U.S. national anthem is a song worthy of being sung in any church pew alongside well-known hymns such as Onward Christian Soldiers. In fact, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, a Civil War hymn, is commonly found in mainstream Christian songbooks throughout the United States. In reality, Americanism, patriotism and Christianity are not negative forces opposing one another in this country; they are the intermingled essence of what has made, and continues to make us unique. If we wish to see America move into the future with the same spirit that is portrayed in our national anthem, we need to defeat the ideological foes that wish to destroy all we hold dear. We must defeat the modern-day liberal, even when they are presented as conservative religious groups. This is a time of choosing, a time of required action. To remain free today, we must also be brave and hold our banner — and all it represents — high.

Leftist Peace & Love guru unloads hateful Palin rant

Deepak Chopra is known as a Hindu spiritual, peace & love guru who has all the answers on how to be peaceful and lovingly, or something. He didn't seem too peaceful, however, in a recent piece he wrote on Sarah Palin. In fact, the whole thing seemed to go against his 'peace' principles spiel and was pretty angry sounding.

Deepak Chopra, known to many as the guru of spirituality, peace, and love came out with an article entitled, “Sarah Palin, My President,” which has very little love and certainly no peace. Actually, the article seems to blatantly contradict all that Chopra allegedly stands for. Chopra wrote:

“I have some personal atonement to perform, because in the 2008 election I posted an article saying that Sarah Palin stood for our collective shadow, the pent-up bigotry, hatred, and anger that was suddenly being vented. She was Joe the Plumber's calendar girl. She was the secret hero of Alcoholics Anonymous, whose slogan is that you can't recover until you hit rock bottom. President Palin would show us that we haven't remotely hit bottom yet.

The mistake was mine, though. Sarah would smile her way into the presidency and then show pointy-head critics the error of their ways. Not that she would ask Americans to turn on one another in vicious divisiveness -- been there, done that. With 70% of the public so misguided as to consider her unqualified to be president, she has a bigger job to do than fomenting discord and calling anyone who disagrees with the Tea Party a socialist.

My President Palin would lead us through a national cleansing, like Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution. Nothing as violent, however, not at first. Maybe she might let school kids scribble with crayons on the paintings in the Museum of Modern Art. I've never met a soccer mom who wanted a Picasso refrigerator magnet. Or she might close all the high-brow music schools and inaugurate the kind of music that gosh darn real Americans like: harmonica, the musical saw, and tapping your foot to the radio while driving a pickup. What more do we really need?”

Chopra’s article includes some interesting observations, including “My800px-Deepak_Chopra_MSPAC President Palin would lead us through a national cleansing, like Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Nothing as violent, however, not at first.” According to Chopra, Palin’s cleansing would include letting children “scribble with crayons on the paintings in the Museum of Modern Art” because there is no “soccer mom who wants a Picasso refrigerator magnet.”

Better yet, Chopra believes that this fictitious President Palin will “close all the high-brow music schools” in favor of music that “gosh darn real Americans like: harmonica, the musical saw, and tapping your foot to the radio while driving a pickup. What more do we really need?”

Chopra traditionally preaches his love, peace, and tolerance attitude – not exactly evident in his Palin tirade.

Chopra is an example of a phony liberal who preaches love and forgiveness, but whose heart is really filled with hate and vengeance for those with whom they do not agree. Liberal just hate those who will not sit at their feet and listen with awe to every word they utter and then march to the polls and vote in unison for the liberal Marxist candidate. In Chopra’s eyes the only problem with communism was the 60 million people Stalin murdered, outside of that the communal system of sharing the wealth was just dandy as it promoted love of neighbor and spirituality. Of course Chopra, who has made millions from peddling this crap to people who have no self-esteem or relationship with Christ, is loath to share his wealth.

That Sarah Palin so unhinges otherwise cucumber cool individual is enough reason to keep her in the air and buzzing the crowd. She won't be the president, but she'll make a damn good team mother. It gives me great pleasure to witness the implosion of people like Mr. Chopra regarding Mrs. Palin. There is such disdain, contempt, hatred for her that even a man who banks on his reputation as a seeker of peace, acceptance and spirituality cannot help himself. A public self-humiliation contradicting everything he has previously championed in the name of beating an already beaten drum. Congratulations, knucklehead. If you fancied this piece as thoughtful writing meant to invoke careful consideration or even the conversion of Palin supporters or potential supporters may I suggest this may not be your area of expertise. More like a boastful preacher to his choir. Keep it up Sarah, you are driving the left nuts.

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