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WASHINGTON (CBN) — NBC Universal has apologized to members of Congress for taking the words “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance during the recent U.S. Open.

Reps. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. — who led the Congressional Prayer Caucus — joined 106 other members of Congress in expressing their frustration to NBC leaders.

“We live in a society where there are increasing efforts to remove all mention of religion from public life, and we remain dedicated to defending against such attempts,” the lawmakers said in a letter to NBC Universal CEO Stephen Burke.

NBC responded, saying the decision to take the words out was made by a small group of people, and was not an ideological decision by the company.

The media giant came under fire after omitting “under God” twice during a June 19 video montage at the U.S. Open golf tournament at the Congressional Country Club near Washington, D.C.

The video included clips of children reciting the pledge and was meant to celebrate patriotism.

The employees involved in editing the pledge were reprimanded. NBC also apologized later in the June 19 broadcast.

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