First, there was NBC's opening montage for the U.S. Open in which, having school-children recite the Pledge of Allegiance, they edited out some words. What words, pray tell? NBC's on-air apology didn't say:
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.I heard this apology live, however, and immediately turned to my wife and said that they had obviously edited out "under God." And, of course, they had. So apparently even saying the words "under God" are simply too offensive to NBC editors and announcers.... they can't even say them when they're apologizing for not saying them.
Second, there was this story about Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York's Father's Day homily in which he urged New York to reject changing the definition of marriage to expand beyond a union between a man and a woman: