July 01, 2002
Minister who inspired Pledge change, says 'Too bad' to Atheists.

In response to those handful of emails I've gotten from folks who keep insisting that insertion of the words "under God" was not done to promote a particular religious viewpoint, I offer the following quotations from an interview with The Rev. George Docherty from the Washington Times:

The minister whose 1954 sermon at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church put "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance said yesterday its elimination would amount to "the god of big money defeating" monotheistic faith.

The Rev. George Docherty, 91, who now lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, said in an interview that society has become "so secular and materialistic" he is not surprised judges would be offended by an allusion to a deity.

"But to say that the word 'God' is unconstitutional is heretical," said the native of Scotland. "This was a nation built under God. Unfortunately, the god we worship today is money."
In 1942, Congress said that only it could change the wording.

Mr. Docherty said it violates history to deny that the United States was founded on the idea of God, just as the Soviet Union was founded on the idea of atheism.

"So for example, if an atheist wants to come to this country and be a citizen of the United States, he starts by saying the Pledge of Allegiance," Mr. Docherty said. "And if it says 'God,' that's too bad for him."

And people wonder why the issue gets me all riled up.

Posted by at July 01, 2002 02:31 PM
You're right. It certainly was added to promote a particular religious viewpoint. When Ike signed the legislation to add "under god," he said/wrote (I don't remember which) "millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty." That sounds, to me, like he wanted to promote a particular religion. Posted by: Kim on July 1, 2002 05:31 PM
Thanks for posting that, Les -- it also gets me riled hearing things like "this nation built under God," when the reality of the issue is that it wasn't. Posted by: Scott on July 2, 2002 07:00 AM
I love hearing liberals, who know nothing of truth, rattling on about what they think they know. We would not have the tolerance that we have today for morons like Kim and Scott to exhale their phony mutterings if it were not for religious tolerance. Posted by: David on September 15, 2002 08:48 AM
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