Lay person delivering inaugural invocation omits “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance

For the first time in history a lay person gave today’s inaugural invocation and apparently didn’t mention God very much at all – even omitting “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance:

CNS NEWS – Instead of a prayer delivered by clergy, the Presidential Inaugural Committee invited a layperson to give the invocation Monday for the first time in history.

Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, 79, a civil rights activist and widow of the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, was tapped by the committee after Christian pastor Louie Giglio backed out because of a flap over a sermon in which he called homosexuality a sin.

“America, we are here — our nation’s Capitol,” Evers-Willliams’ invocation began. She asked for “blessings upon our leaders,” but she did not invoke God in her opening. She spoke about mankind and womankind and the “promise of America.”

Her invocation at one point mentioned the “Almighty,” but she left out “Under God” in quoting the Pledge of Allegiance.

The only time she mentioned God was when she said, “We invoke the prayers of our grandmothers, who taught us to pray, ‘God, make me a blessing.'”

Toward the end of her invocation, Evers-Williams invoked “Jesus’ name and the name of all who are holy and right, we pray. Amen.”

When asked by Religion News Service in a Jan. 17 interview with Evers about her religious affiliation, Evers-Williams did not provide a definitive answer.

“I have been Baptist, I have been Methodist, I have been Presbyterian,” Evers-Williams said. “I have attended all of those churches depending on where I have lived in my life.”


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  • WordsFailMe

    Another totally predictable, stereo typical behavior. Of that’s right, it’s just me being a racist again..a huh, a huh, I’m so dumb

    • bobemakk

      You ARE NOT DUMB! They play the race card more than anyone else. This elimination of “under God” in the pledge of allegiance should not be taken lightly. I am surprised that Obama has not changed the pledge to “under Allah.” IMPEACH HIM NOW!

  • bjohnson55

    So God is not mentioned huh, she may as well ask what I deposited into my toilet this morning for a blessing on this nation. This country has lost Gods hedge of protection because of stupid stuff like this and until the leadership repents and humbles themselves before God this country is in for some very, very rough times ahead indeed.

    • Conservative_Hippie

      agreed bj!

  • I’m glad I haven’t watched any of this. Scoop, you’re a brave soul to pay witness to this craptastic bunch of lunatics.

    • las1

      Even our beloved SUN News covered the progressive wall-to-wall Obama worship today. Couldn’t avoid it on any channel. I turned it on for a total of four seconds only to turn it off immediately. Four seconds of O’liar was just too much for me.

      • That would definitely hurt. I’m on Beck’s channel all day, and he’s forbidden Obama’s name to be mentioned (among himself, Pat, and Stu, anyway), and they have resisted running footage of the man. Kinda nice, really.

        • Nukeman60

          With the real inauguration happening privately yesterday, today was only a circus. Nothing he says or does today has any legal basis to it.

          I want to see the video of his swearing in yesterday (not really, but to verify my suspicions), just to see what book he actually used and what words he actually said. I understand Michelle used her family Bible and held the book for him, but to me it looked like a recipe binder – perhaps a recipe for fundamental transformation.

          • Binders full of fundamental transformation! Oh my!

    • white531

      I am with you K-Bob. I haven’t watched a single minute of it. I don’t intend to. It is a spectacle of lunacy. The Idiot who supposedly runs this country, parading in front of the people who elected him and those that didn’t. (lest we forget. Slightly more than sixty-two million for, slightly less than sixty-two million against).

      All I have to do, is see his face on my computer with his fat wife right behind him, and I want to throw up.

      • Me too. And I’m not usually squeamish.

  • Biggbear52

    Just heard the swearing in of the Od1ldo one. It was all I could do not to vomit. Here is a BOY that for his entire life, has gone against the very premise of what it is to create America and to be American. He has spent his entire presumed adult life being utterly counter Constitutional. All the while being a professor of Constitutional law. He swears before GOD but is a devout Muslim. So to all of my fellow American’s I give the following!

    Num_10:9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.
    Job_16:9 He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me.
    Jer_15:11 The LORD said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
    Jer_18:17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.
    Lam_2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

    • jrt1031

      I wouldn’t have wasted my time if I were you

    • TexasPGRRider

      I don`t know if you`ve ever seen the movie “Patton” or not but there is a scene where George C. Scott (Patton) is in thought as he is making his way thru a situation. The words and phrasing were Most Eloquent ! I had a flashback to the movie years later as I read Psalms 63….

  • mikeinidaho

    There will be no hiding his communist ideology and his hate for America and Americans from here on out. Count on more outrageous speeches and plans for the collapse of the country from the most corrupt, most communist administration in history.
    Lock and load, the second American Revolution is coming VERY soon.

    • Orangeone

      The Dems are opening up their eyes. I expect high Repub #s in 2014.

      • Nukeman60

        I find it interesting that 2010 was a big Republican surge. The 2014 elections are also supposed to be a huge Republican surge, according to the experts so far. So, doesn’t that say something about how the 2012 elections went. People don’t just get excited after 2 years of Obama’s destruction, then completely turn around and accept him, only to be totally against him again in 2014.

        The 2012 elections were so fraudulent that they can’t even hide it any longer. People will understand with time and then the entire house of cards will collapse in upon itself for this Usurper, as it does for all of them eventually.

    • white531

      I was doing some research today on something I am working on, about the the way communism and socialism have infiltrated American life. Thanks to the Progressives (the new Socialists/Communists), it has gained a foothold in our society.

      Communism is a bad word. Socialism is a bad word. That’s why they changed those bad words to, “Progressive.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Sounds like we are moving forward, progressing, as it were, and elevating mankind to a new level, from that miserable existence, where everyone worked for a living and paid their own bills and took care of their own lives.

      You and I both know we don’t have the ability to take care of ourselves. We need a massive Federal Government to do that. Otherwise, we would starve.

      Welcome to the Progressive World. This is the end product of the evolution of Socialism in this country. The current Democratic Party IS socialism. They just don’t call it that.

      Anything done gradually, in little baby steps, is not even noticed by the average person. Least of all, those who are busy with their jobs, their lives, and their families.

      It is the old adage that you can cook a frog in a pot of water. So long as you do not raise the temperature of the water too quickly. He will sit there and not jump, because he sees no threat.

      The frog represents the average intelligence of Americans.

      The frog didn’t jump, and we now have a Socialist/Marxist for a President.

      Any of you who don’t agree with the scenario I just presented, I would love to have a discussion with you on the subject. Even Trolls.

  • Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Prophetic words to Timothy since the antichrist has arrived

  • MLK would have loved it! He would have been out in the street carring a sign!

  • It won’t be long before the word God will be replaced with the word Allah and we’ll be silenced into accepting it.

    • sjmom

      The Word of God will never be silenced; it is eternal and therefore will live forever.

    • I’ll never be silent or accept it. But no doubt, they’ll try.

      • Me too… I’ve my sword (all be it spiritual by my side… God, our Loving, Creating, God of Life shall NEVER EVER be destroyed… For Evil… NO matter how powerful… can in the end.. only fail… for it consumes it’s own!

        • Amen Wolfie!
          Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

        • sjmom

          Amen and Amen!

    • notsofastthere

      This may be true, but the human condition is: when all else fails, we find God within us

  • jrt1031

    What do you expect when the Anti-Christ takes control of a nation

    • BeyondPolls

      Obama has the spirit of the Antichrist, but I doubt he’s the actual dude.

      • las1

        I’ve always understood from scripture that the AC is supposed to be smart. Obama… not so much. And besides, the Muslim Madhi (our Anti-Christ) is supposed to be incredibly attractive to further bamboozle his adherents… a veritable Hollywood model. Again… Obama… not so much.

        • BeyondPolls

          You have a point there.

          • las1

            The guy just gets uglier as the minutes slowly lumber by in America… and I do mean slowwwwly. Or maybe I’m just so prejudiced that I can’t stand to see his mug anywhere. It all amounts to the same thing imho.

        • Nukeman60

          Just look around this country. To many, Obama is the smartest man in the room. To many, he is just the most adorable person, loving father, and women swoon when he belts out a couple of lines from a song.

          We know he’s not smart. We know he’s not incredibly attractive. But the bamboozling has happened and it happened to many, many people. Satan works his evil magic to maintain the veil.

    • Christians will absolutely know who the anti-Christ is when he appears. That is, if you know the basics of end time prophesy.

      • sjmom

        I expect to be raptured outta here before the AC shows himself.

        • las1

          My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
          John 17:15

          My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,
          John 17:20

        • I agree with that doctrine, but there will be many who call themselves Christians, and have the knowlege, who are left behind. Many of those will be awake, aware, and in a tough spot.

    • notsofastthere

      We expect some of us to not accept evil, but to GO DOWN FIGHTING

  • StrangernFiction

    Remember this:

    • williamm

      Inauguration Day 2013: Myrlie Evers-Williams Delivers Inaugural Prayer @ about 3:20

    • tshtsh

      That was mean. I got used to Mark warning us about the upcoming torture. I cannot listen to that man (if it was possible for the brain to vomit mine would)!

  • Haywoodjbl

    When she has a “fox hole” experience, she will change her tune about God. She will be begging for his mercy on her soul.

  • jrt1031

    ONE NATION UNDER GOD….. there as it should be

  • WhiteGuy2

    Another example of compliance to the leftist agenda. We can see clearly what master she serves.

  • americalsgt

    does anyone have a count on the ums and ahs? Fortunately, I had to work today.

  • Are we surprised? The DNC rejected the Almighty at their convention, why would they seek Him at the coronation?

    Sad day for our nation.

    • StrangernFiction

      Hiding in plain sight.

    • Sandra123456

      Let’s not ever forget that. Let’s make sure the Democrats never forget that they did that.

      The Democrat politicians are godless communists at heart.


      Yes it is a “sad day”…for many reasons. We can’t only blame the DNC…..look at the RNC convention….just as insulting and disingenuous.

      • Agreed.

      • StrangernFiction

        The keynote address given by Chris Christie at a convention nominating the grandfather of Obamacare. Pretty much says it all. It is so obviously not about R vs. D, yet so many conservatives still hold out hope for the GOP. 🙁


    Why am I not surprised.
    Changing from a country founded on Christian principles by Christian men, to a country with no foundation or principles, is the “hope and change” Obama’s been attempting.

    • poljunkie

      That was me on Hot Air.


  • bbitter

    I am totally fine with a lay-person officiating in the pledge or even in swearing-in.

    …belief and dedication to God is not dependent on being paid for it. In fact, I would actually argue the opposite.

    The fact that this was a ‘lay person’ has nothing to do with this classic move from this administration. It is another blatant gut-shot at the founding of this country. This is not irresponsible, this is another blatant attack and intentionally insulting; they are trying to get faith-based people to react, to lash-out, and to make themselves look ridiculous. As much as that would be bad, and would be falling into their hands, that’s honestly not what I am afraid of.

    This is spitting in the eye of God. I fear for my country, not from man, but from God. God will not be mocked; He setup this country and He will not continue to sustain us if we turn our backs on Him. We’re about to lose our country, not because we’ve drifted from our founding, but because we’ve drifted from our founder: God. We remove God, we remove our protection, our fortune, and our future.

  • Betsey_Ross

    Surprise, surprise. This is from a political party that tried to remove God from their platform. They should have gone with the voice vote because the chair pretended to hear what he didn’t.

    No Constitution. No God. What does that tell you?

  • sjmom

    God will not be mocked and He continues to rule and reign upon the Eternal Throne in Heaven.

    “And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their inquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”
    (Isaiah 13:11 KJV)

    So she “invoked Jesus’ name and the name of all who are holy and right, we pray. Amen.’ I wonder who that is holy and right will save her when she stands before Jesus at the Judgment? Apparently, even having attended church she has never read the Bible. Hmmm.

    • Nukeman60

      I wonder who she was referring to when she said ‘and the name of all who are holy and right’? Does Satan’s name enter there, or Mohammad’s, or even Barack’s? Why is Jesus’ name seperate from those that are ‘holy and right’?

      Curious minds want to know.

  • LibLoather

    This woman may as well have uttered, “Allah hu akbar” (sp?).

    Obama is no Christian, and he’s not fooling anyone except all the other heathen.

    “The wicked plot against the righteous
    And gnash their teeth at them
    But the Lord laughs at the wicked
    for he knows their day is coming.” Psalm 37:12, 13

    • las1

      As well as O’imposter being the first woman President, the first Jewish President… and of course, who could forget the first “gay” President… now we have the first Muslim president.

      Technically and legally in accordance with Islamic dictates… O’Zero is a Muslim.

  • Rocco11

    Government is god to communists…

  • TexasPGRRider

    Omitting “under God” may have been an honest mistake. More research is called for before we jump to any conclusions. I didn`t watch….

    • Not with this pResident it’s NO mistake!

    • TexasEnforcer

      It was no mistake.

    • las1

      Tex…Don’t make me come and get you. You KNOW that with O’zero, there are NO honest mistakes. Everything is in accordance with his hatred for America and God Himself.

      • TexasPGRRider

        I MUST admit las…after watching Ted N. clip first thing this morning, it`s a STRAIN to remain “diplomatically optimistic’….

    • sjmom

      Its not a mistake and when you have time read my comment because I address what else she said.

    • Orangeone

      If this person doesn’t know our Pledge of Allegiance, she needs to be walked to the nearest border and dropped into the ocean as fish bait.

      • Hey sis- as soon as you’re out of the gulag, CFP4US is following you 😀 just got it set up. xoxo

        • TexasPGRRider

          When you get a chance check out the post I put on this thread awhile ago about Jefferson and Adam`s report to the Continental Convention in 1786 & give feedback…I`m interested in your opinion…Thanks and Happy DAY

  • I’m SHOCKED! Not really… This is just par for the Obama golf course… 🙁

    • crosshr

      bump on the road, sort of !……. 4 people dead, First thing, find out the magazine count & and weapons’ made and guns they can not use for defending themselves, ooooppppsss ! they are dead already sir ! my game will end soon after this par, will talk, well I’ll let you know America in 3 months, just go ahead and register your guns !

      you are right Wolfie ! I can’t find the correct narrative, above and beyond lunacy

  • TexasEnforcer

    She left out God because obama does not believe in the Lord Almighty. He thinks he is the almighty. Get ready for 4 years worse than the first 4.

  • BeyondPolls

    War on religion.

  • Many regimes and dictators and Anti-Christs have risen before… And were ALL defeated… Just like this one… I know… I read about them in my history books… While all the while our God lives and is Vibrant! I could go on like this for ages… But by then… etc… 🙂

    • sjmom

      You’re so right and when you consider what happened to Pharaoh until this present day most died an unpleasant death. It doesn’t have to be that way but they refuse to bow their knee to God and in so doing Satan has free reign in their lives. As smart as some think they are their own foolishness and wickedness causes their plight. Not so smart after all, eh?

    • crosshr

      Hallelujah to the Mighty ONE ! A mindset to adopt and cultivate Wolfie ! brighten my day !

  • colliemum

    She’s a prime example that going ‘to church’ doesn’t make you a Christian.
    Nor does throwing the Name of Jesus around.
    It is sad – but appropriate for this POS, who actually tweeted while he was in church today.

    • sjmom

      Woe to the wicked because God will not be mocked.

    • TexasPGRRider

      While I was there, I clicked on John Wane and the Pledge of Allegiance from the list displayed on the right…Thanks ABiC

      • Those are good too! 🙂

      • Hey Texas, can you do me a favor- on the Rep. Yoho story, can you take out the part on your comment about Ft. Myers? Sorry brother, but I live close to that city, and I don’t want it spread around. I know you didn’t know, but a few people know I live on this side of the state. 🙂 Thanks!!!

  • Conservative_Hippie

    “God forgive them for they know not what they do!” I weep for my Country! But I will also fight for my Country!

    • Well said C-Brother! Me too.

    • sjmom

      They have no idea what they’re doing or WHO they’re messin’ with.

  • Conservative_Hippie

    One more step toward marxism! The Marxist-in-Chief is on a roll!

    • Orangeone

      And we need to be vigilant to remind the Dems as their eyes open that this is what they voted for and that they need to become better informed about the true goings-on in that party and to get back to Constitutional roots

      • Conservative_Hippie


  • Just peachy.

  • stage9

    And so the most godless administration to ever sit in the White House retains its power to undermine our nation’s values for four more years and I place the blame squarely at the feet of the American people. They voted their values and got what they hoped for.

    • sjmom

      The wailing and gnashing of teeth will soon begin in force. It began with the tax raise.

  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    The commie should be deported back to wherever it is she came from.

    • Orangeone

      Drop her in the Middle East, that would be good entertainment.

  • SKL53

    This entire inauguration is a circus! Obama swears to uphold the Constitution…what a joke!

    • sjmom

      I thought that also. Isn’t that perjury?????

      • SKL53

        He committed pergury at the first inauguration!

  • las1

    replaced elsewhere

  • Sober_Thinking

    Pretty convenient how this keeps happening around Obama. Must only be an accident… all 13x it’s happened.

    He’s not the devil… and he may actually be a real Christian (I can’t judge his heart)… but man, you’d never know either by his actions or deeds.

    He represents the worst that humanity has to offer.

    • sjmom

      Jesus did tell us we would know a tree by its fruit.

      • Sober_Thinking

        How ironic. We were just studying John 15 in church yesterday…

        Don’t you find that a bit mazing?

        Great response. 🙂

  • SOP for these Islamo-facists.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Wouldn’t it be funny if she sais what they’d all like to really say?

    “…One nation, under Allah, very divisible, with no liberty or freedom for anyone.”

    • TimeForAnarchy

      ………..but Mooooooozlems.

  • TexasPGRRider

    In 1786 then diplomats Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met w/the Tripolitan (Libyan) ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja to negotiate a peace treaty sparing the US the raveges of jihad piracy from the Barbary states (Algeria,Morocco,Tunisia,and Libya, known collectively in Arabic as the Maghrib). Their report back to the Continental Congress included the reply from Adja when asked about the justification of unprovoked animus directed at our young nation: …”that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise”. Such is TRUTH !!!!

    • Well said Texas! They haven’t and will never stop trying. Back then we had men who recognized Islam for what it was and dealt with it. Now, we’ve got a government who welcomes them with open arms. sigh.

      “This book is a long conference of God, the angels, and Mahomet, which that false prophet very grossly invented; sometimes he introduceth God, who speaketh to him, and teacheth him his law, then an angel, among the prophets, and frequently maketh God to speak in the plural. … Thou wilt wonder that such absurdities have infected the best part of the world, and wilt avouch, that the knowledge of what is contained in this book, will render that law contemptible …” John Adams

      • TexasPGRRider “American hostages to Jihad in Algeria: 1640 to Present”. This is HARDCORE !!!

        • Thanks brother. I’ve put it in my files to read as soon as I can. In the middle of another part right now. But thank you!

  • Ray

    do you think this was intentional?

    • MominNV

      Geez! Ya THINK?

      • Ray

        I write rhetorical questions, it is a gift! 🙂

        • MominNV

          Good for you, zippy.

          • Ray

            I was riffing off of what Obama supposedly told Reid after his first Democratic Convention speech. Reid stated he did not know Obama could give such a speech. Obama replied “It is a gift!”

    • Only deliberately so

    • tinlizzieowner

      “do you think this was intentional?”

      Is a frog waterproof? 😉

  • B-Funk

    Another first for this historic presidency. Yaaaaaay! I’m so sick of all these firsts. They’re not even really firsts. It’s just a throw back to all the dictators and authoritarians of the past. Honestly, though. I think all this pain we’re going to experience under king obeyme is going to be good for us. A lot of us have awakened, but now it’s time for the rest of the country to wake up and smell the tyranny.

  • NJK

    I’m disgusted.

  • dabbobean

    She’s from the Church of What’s Hap’nin Now.

  • objective123

    Wasn’t Myrlie Ever’s husband a Reverend? I guess they believe in themselves/govt as their God.

  • TimeForAnarchy

    She mentioned the Almighty, but omitted (purposely) God. Almighty what, one can wonder? The Almighty Welfare State? The Almighty ability of King Barry the Petulant to take from the producers and give to the parasites?

    • She meant, “all the ones we allow to have guns.”

  • They don’t have time for God, but they sure have time for gays.

  • Nukeman60

    So the Pledge of Allegiance needs no “under God” in it, anymore? Obama has done that several times so far (claiming it was unintentional). How many times do we have to see the “unintentional” removal of God from our lives before they actually have it officially removed.

    God is not in Obama’s heart, therefore He is not in Obama’s actions. Now that Obama is officially cemented in the seat of the Presidency, the war on the people will begin in earnest. Gun confiscation is close, internet taxation and control is around the corner, and all forms of tyranny will ratchet up.

    What is there to hold them back anymore? The Congress is inept and irrelevant. The Constitution is trivial to them. Obama needs to nominate a couple more Supreme Court Justices and we can kiss Christianity goodbye for good in their eyes.

    Not in mine, though. I will maintain my right to bear arms, my right to worship God, and my right to free speech, no matter what they throw at me. I will fight them with everything I have and with every fiber of my being.

    So help me God.

  • DCGere

    And I’m not surprised. Going to be another four LONG years…

  • warpmine

    Sp who was she asking to bestow those blessings? Ghia?
    Civil war cannot come soon enough. Come on Obama, come get my guns, I dare you!

  • imsteph

    how can obama bless himself?
    he is their god-right?
    am i right?—riiiight.

    insert vomit here X.

  • tinlizzieowner

    Left out the “under God” part huh, I guess Paul Harvey nailed this back in 1965.
    This was 47 years ago. April 3, 1965. An amazing prediction. Do you remember the famous ABC radio commentator Paul Harvey?
    Millions of Americans listened to his programs which, were broadcast over 1,200 radio stations nationwide.
    When you listen to this, remember the commentary was broadcast 47 years ago on April 3, 1965.
    It’s short…less than three minutes. You will be amazed.

  • M_Minnesota

    Heat attack of non-suprise.

  • TickedWhiteDude

    What a bunch of racist, Godless, lying, dispicable, hollow, hellbound freaks!! Am I clear?

  • The inclusion of Jesus is quite common. When I was a young Rabbi, I would complain. I have come to the conclusion that this is a CHRISTIAN COUNTRY and those offering the prayers which include Christ or Jesus , just do not care what the rest of us think. I recently bowed out of the interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF Holocaust survivors and a refugee born in a D.P. camp.