Under God mourns the loss of the minister who persuaded President Eisenhower and Congress in 1954 to insert into the Pledge of Allegiance the phrase "under God" -- an idea whose time was then.WHAT????
Now, with the passing of the Rev. George M. Docherty, who died Thanksgiving Day at the age of 97, let us review why the phrase was added in the first place and why we should consider updating the pledge.
Docherty's contribution to American civil religion came during a sermon he preached at Washington's New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in honor of Lincoln's birthday in 1954, the height of the Second Red Scare. As Post reporter Matt Shudel notes in Sunday's obituary, Docherty, a native of Scotland, argued that the then-godless American pledge could just as easily apply to the communist Soviet Union.
[ cf It's Time to Update the Pledge ]
Abandon the Pledge of Allegiance that won the War against those types....
HOW SHOCKING!!! HOW SCARY!!!!
How clearly a clarion call for a Permenant Capital Gains Tax Cut, you know, to stop those Gay HomoZeXual whateverItIsThatScaresYouMost.