George M. Docherty, credited with helping to push Congress to insert the phrase "under God" into the Pledge of Allegiance, has died at 97.
The phrase "under God" goes back in American history much further than the 1950's.
Recent efforts to remove the phrase "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance are hypocritical, deceitful, or ignorant -- and therefore typical of secularist action under the myth of "the separation of church and state." The U.S. Supreme Court ruled back in 1943 that children don't have to say a single word of the Pledge if they don't want to. The presence of the phrase "under God" tramples on nobody's rights, just as the presence of religious language in the Declaration of Independence tramples on nobody's rights. West Virginia State Board of Ed. v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)
Some have criticized the Pledge itself as being written written by a socialist.
LewRockwell.com Blog: Can we take it out now?
LewRockwell.com Blog: More on the state's oath of obedience
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Ultimately, a "nation" can never be "under God," any more than the mafia can, if "nation" is defined as "the State," the institutionalization of violence.