AIKEN, S.C. – Secular progressives continue chipping away at the foundation of American exceptionalism. It’s not a mistake these sorts of stories continue happening in “conservative” places like South Carolina and Texas.

Credit: Fox News/Jessica Andrews

Fox News reports mother-of-six Jessica Andrews learned her daughter would be reciting the Pledge of Allegiance each day, but when Andrews saw the flyer, words were missing.

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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“It was like an ‘Oh my gosh’ type of feeling,” Andrews tells Todd Starnes.

“Under God” was gone.

Andrews’ daughter is a fourth grader at Chukker Creek Elementary School in the Aiken County School District.

“It’s outrageous, to be honest,” she tells Starnes. “It seems like the government is doing everything they can to take God out of everything.”

The school district reports to Starnes, “This was a single mistake by a very embarrassed and apologetic teacher.”

“The teacher failed to proof the paper,” the district contends.

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Really? What else is the teacher or district officials failing to proofread?

After all, there are numerous examples of God – and specifically Christianity – being banned from government schools.

Earlier this year, a Florida teacher told a 12-year-old student to stop reading his Bible during free time.

“I noticed that he has a book – a religious book – in the classroom,” the teacher said in a voicemail, tattling to the boy’s parents. “He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”

A Texas teacher ordered a student – this one a second grader – to stop reading her Bible during “read to myself” time.

The school district later clarified the policy to ensure students could read the Bible in school after it was embarrassed in the national media.

But are these just innocent mistakes or something more? And how many “innocent mistakes” aren’t caught and continue to be normal practice?

One of two things are happening, as evidenced in the South Carolina case: either there is an intention to omit God from the public square or there is a lack of attentiveness to ensure students are being taught the truth, resulting from human incompetence. It’s hard to say which one is worse.