Let’s start by saying the following video is from 2002. But that doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant.

President Obama’s habit of omitting ‘Creator’ from the Declaration of Independence, coupled with a League of Women Voters official’s recent refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance, suggests that some on the left are more worried about being political than patriotic.*

But while the idea of omitting the Creator or refusing to say the Pledge has gotten a lot of attention lately, the concept isn’t anything new.

Flashback to 2002 when Betty McCollum (D-MN) refused to say “under God” while leading the Pledge on the House floor.

McCollum excused the omission by claiming she simply took a breath. But some zoom work by Townhall shows that’s a stretch:

Townhall did some digging and found that McCollum claims to be Roman Catholic. She’s running for re-election in Minnesota’s 4th congressional district against Republican Teresa Collett.

This story has been updated.

UPDATE:

Reader OK3WIRE brings up a nice point:

Since the phrase “under God” wasn’t added until 1954, she’d have had more credibility to say that she was just a purist and trying to be historically accurate. Unfortunately, walking it back by saying that she was just taking a breath is … uh … welll …

I think the pursed lips and flared nostrils tell it all.

Nice try, congresswoman.

Let me point out that the language was changed the same year the Congresswoman was born. That would mean she should have been raised reciting the new language. Still, it is possible that she was taught the Pledge by some “purists,” but as the reader points out, that’s not the excuse she gave.

*This sentence has been changed to better reflect the author’s intent