St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Members of the clergy from St. Louis County plan to visit their Congressman Wednesday. They are upset and asking for an apology from U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.
Akin, a Republican from the St. Louis County, attempted to clarify his comments Tuesday that he made last week during a radio show appearance, in which he said "at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God."
Speaking with Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, last Friday, Akin went after NBC for omitting the phrase "under God" during a pre-taped clip of the Pledge of Allegiance, which was aired during the U.S. Open golf tournament.
"Well, I think NBC has a long record of being very liberal and at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God. And so they've had a long history of not being at all favorable toward many of things that have been such a blessing to our country," Akin said.
NBC apologized for the omission.
Rev. Kevin Cameron, Senior Pastor at Parkway United Church of Christ, is one of the clergy hoping to either speak to the Congressman or deliver a letter that reads in part:
"Scripture clearly warns us to "judge not, lest ye be judged," yet you condemn in disrespectful, stereotypical terms those with whom you disagree."
"I'm sure we share the same core values," says Cameron. "So, how can we get to those conversations rather than the things that separate us? I'm sure that we overlap a lot more than his statement would indicate."
On Tuesday, Rep. Akin attempted to clarify his remarks and released the following statement:
"People, who know me and my family, know that we take our faith and beliefs very seriously. As Christians, we would never question the sincerity of anyone's personal relationship with God. My statement during my radio interview was directed at the political movement, Liberalism not at any specific individual. If my statement gave a different impression, I offer my apologies.
"My point was to object to the systematic assault that attempts to remove any reference to God from the public square.
"NBC's recent action only highlighted the continuing battle for those of us who believe that removing references to God go contrary to the Judeo-Christian heritage our nation was founded on- the belief that our inalienable rights come from God himself, and the freedom to live our lives and worship as we see fit."
The phrase "under God" was not part of the original Pledge of Alliance, adopted in 1892. At that time, the Pledge read: "I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
Over the next 62 years, small changes and additions were made to the Pledge. Congress recognized the Pledge as the official national pledge in June 22, 1942.
Congress approved incorporating the phrase "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the measure into law on June 14, 1954, also known as Flag Day.