Family Research Council President Tony Perkins was recently upset because a FBI official didn't say the words "under God" (video below).
FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeff Sallet was speaking to the press on July 18 about the recent shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, notes The Advocate.
"At the core of American values is unity," Sallet said. "As toddlers, we learn the Pledge of Allegiance. I’m gonna quote seven words from the pledge: 'One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.' Standing up here before you is a unified team."
Perkins sent a letter to Sallet on June 19 that said:
I would agree with your statement at the press conference yesterday that unity is what we need and what we should seek at this time of crisis in our community and in our nation.
Sharing your desire for unity, I wanted to bring to your attention that in your reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance you omitted the fundamental element that has historically unified us -- the fact that we are one nation under God.
The omission may have been inadvertent, but it was noticeable and concerning given the steady attacks on religious liberty by the present administration.
Perkins didn't say what these alleged "attacks on religious liberty by the present administration" actually were, but added: "I want to give you the benefit of the doubt here and respectfully request that you offer a simple correction. Doing so, would make clear that your remarks were not intended to further divide, but in fact, unify."
The FBI's New Orleans field office did not issue a comment in response to Perkins' letter.
The original Pledge of Allegiance didn't mention God in 1923. The words "under God" were added in 1954 as part of anti-communist fever of the times, noted USHistory.org.
Country music singer Neal McCoy has been in the news lately for posting his daily recitation of the pledge on Facebook between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. for nearly six months.
"I'll be asleep and I'll set my alarm and know what time it is because I know people are counting on it," McCoy told KLTV.