Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Perkins on NBC and the Pledge

The terminally ridiculous and authoritarian Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is positively apoplectic about NBC taking “under God” out of the pledge of allegiance. And he’s got some demands to make it go away:

Now the council is urging its members to contact NBC and demand the network play a public service announcement featuring the Pledge of Allegiance, in its entirety, daily.

“NBC must remedy this abuse by airing a series of public service announcement(s) with the entire Pledge of Allegiance,” read an e-mail blast sent Tuesday from council President Tony Perkins.

“Please join me in contacting NBC and demanding that the network air a daily public service announcement with the entire Pledge of Allegiance.”

Absurd. But here’s a suggestion I could get behind:

Perkins said in addition to the public service announcement of a daily Pledge of Allegiance he said he would also like to see NBC produce a program explaining the history of the pledge and why “under God” was inserted in the first place.

I’m all for that, as long as I get to produce it. The show would explain how a bunch of paranoid and theocratic legislators passed a law to amend the pledge because they wanted to force young kids to recite that religious statement every day in the hope that it would make them Christian, something clearly forbidden by the First Amendment.