MN Congresswoman Attacked For Not Saying “Under God” 8 Years Ago

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.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin7 years ago

michael c. and Walter G.: I agree.

Chris P.
Chris P7 years ago

Michael C, to sum up your comment on this report, I in a way agree to you.

Galou Lionel
Lionel Galou7 years ago

Please, please, American people, stand back ! To mix the religion and the politics does not seem to you absurd and even shocking ??? A man or a woman can be an excellent political, have a perfect morality, make good things for people and for his/her country without being inevitably believer in one religion. It is necessary to let these defects to the Moslem theocratic countries !
That you are an atheist, a believer, a vegetarian, a white, yellow or black, big or small, it is complétement independent from the work of politics...
So, if this congresswoman has forgotten to say "Under God", il't not a crime ! We should not even speak about it !

michael c.
corbin m7 years ago

I notice the conservatives are strangely, for the most part, quiet. It's because they know the ORIGINAL pledge did NOT include god. If she did refuse to say "under god", that certainly doesn't show disrespect to the country and certainly not the "Judeo-Christian heritage". If anything, it's the religious, conservative wing-nuts that showed their disrespect, by rewriting the Pledge from what was originaly intended. And don't tell me about a "Judeo-Christian" heritage. If that were true, then "Under God" would have been in the original Pledge (not to mention there would be no 1st amendment, treaty of Tripoli, and no matter how many times they say it, MOST of the Founding Father were NOT Christians, but denominations that Christians seek to disavow). Changing the original words shows TRUE disrespect. Kooky conservatives (or ignorant conservatives, they both apply).

Lin Penrose
Lin Penrose7 years ago

How very petty of the Republicans - but that should come in with other rather negative descriptions of that political party.

Diane L.
Diane L7 years ago

She's a hypocrite IF she claims she "meant to" or that it's JUST/ONLY a poor quality video. Again, it's petty, but in regards to someone running for a political position as she is, it's important. If she owned up to NOT saying the words, I actually wouldn't have as MUCH of an issue with it. However, as I said previously, a pledge of ALLEGIANCE to this country is important IF one wants to be a representative in the government of this country, and if they cannot pledge allegiance, then that says they don't respect this country, and should not represent it! If one lives here, it's their choice to become a citizen (or not), but if they want government perks, then they need to pay taxes, respect our flag and yes, pay ALLEGIANCE to what our country represents and stands for. I agree that there are many religions observed (or even NOT observed) in this country, but the bottom line is that this country was FOUNDED on religious "freedom", and the two words, UNDER GOD only mean just that, and who's God it is can be an inidividual thing. YOUR "God" can be a pile of rocks, for all I care.

Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

I remember I was a child when the words were inserted in the pledge, I could not understand why it was logical to do so, or why it was necessary. Now an old man, nearing the end of my time on this planet, I still don't understand it, except that it seems to be the beginning of government replacement of service to the people with stupidity. I guess it all hinges on what one worships. Some worship God, some Allah, etc, etc, but politicians worship money, so instead of raising their hands they should raise a $100.00 bill (Now worth about $.04 in pre federal reserve money) I have a hunch that these various crowds in front of the capital will increase in size and negative excitement in the days ahead. Our politicians have us on a downhill highway to hell!

Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

Actually the whole pledge idea goes the same way as the oath politicians take when swearing in to an office, or testifying before the government, or when witnessing a court function. first they take the oath, pledging certain things, or to tell the truth, and then cut loose lying their heads off anyway. I propose we drop all of this hypocrisy and replace all this hot air with lie detectors!

Walter G.
Walter G7 years ago

The politician can merely silently mouth the words, while crossing the fingers of the other hand, in order to keep the deception apparently demanded of the office consistent. Actually, this is such a petty thing to bring up, who cares?Forcing anyone to use those words violates their constitutional rights.

Arkana Ireland
Arkana Ireland7 years ago

Actually - this oath is unconstitutional. The constitution says that there is a strict separation of politics and religion. So, even if the founders of this state did so in a certain religious manner, NOW, under this constitution, EVERY political oath HAS (not may) TO BE STRICTLY NON-RELIGIOUS. So, what she did, was totally correct and other politicians HAVE to follow if they do not want to be in breach of the constitution - and, as such, NOT SUITABLE for their job.