Via Minnesota blogger Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air, a clip has surfaced that allegedly shows Congresswoman Betty McCollum purposefully refusing to say “Under God” when reciting the pledge of allegence in the House in 2002.
According to the blogger who found the clip:
After watching this video you will see how obvious it is that she she intentionally omitted the words, “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. At the time, her staffers claimed she took a breath, but with the video now out, the lie has been exposed. She intentionally omitted the phrase.
What really makes this an affront to all is that she was actually leading the pledge on the floor of the House. If she were just saying it as a part of the whole chamber it would have been fine. However, by omitting the words, “under God”, she was actually showing her disrespect to her position, the Flag, God and the American people. Oh, did I mention that she likes to brag about her Catholic faith when running for re-election?
McCollum’s challenger, Teresa Collett, has quickly jumped on the nearly decade old clip, stating that this proves McCollum does not “respect our Judeo-Christian heritage.”
“Our founding fathers clearly recognized that our most basic rights come from our Creator. The Pledge of Allegiance merely continues to recognize this fact. Minnesotans in the 4th district deeply respect our heritage of Judeo-Christian values, and it is troubling to think that their Congressional representative does not.” stated Teresa Collett.
In response, Congresswoman McCollum released the following statement:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum honors and respects the Pledge of Allegiance and believes the United States is one Nation under God. She has led the Pledge of Allegiance on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives numerous times as can be seen in these video links.
Conservatives are using an eight year old video clip to incite hate, racism, and intolerance among Tea Party Republicans. This right-wing effort to call into question Congresswoman McCollum’s Christian faith, her belief in God, and her patriotism is blatantly anti-American and all too similar to the extremists who earlier this year mailed a soiled American flag to her Congressional office and threatened the Congresswoman with violence.
Congresswoman McCollum rejects this radical agenda and condemns the extremist tactics behind this poisonous political exploitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The phrase “under God” was of course not an original part of the pledge, and was added in in the mid 1950′s.