ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Last Friday, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin lit up the political blogs following a statement he made during a Family Research Radio program.
Akin was discussing NBC’s decision to omit the phrase under God from a pre taped clip of the Pledge of Allegiance during the U.S. Open coverage.
The statement in question; “At the heart of liberalism, it really is a hatred for God and the belief that government should replace God.”
Some local liberal religious leaders say they were disturbed by Akin’s original comments, but Akin now says he was not questioning anyone’s personal religious beliefs.
Akin told KMOX’s Mark Reardon Monday that it wasn’t meant to be an attack on anyone’s individual relationship with God — “my comment was more on the public references to God and that was what I was driving at and there seems to be a very consistent pattern there historically.”
As for calls for an apology, Akin said “I don’t think there’s anything to apologize for,” Akin said. “I’m not going to apologize for what I see liberalism doing.” Akin is a candidate in Missouri’s 2012 Republican Senate primary.