Prompted by a campaign led by the Supreme Council of the
Knights of Columbus -- and supported by victorious General and
now President Dwight David Eisenhower -- an act of Congress was completed on Flag Day, June 14, 1954 which added the theology of Americans placed “under God” to what, for sixty-two years, had been a purely secular Pledge of Allegiance.
In short, the Pledge which had won World War II was abruptly altered by that war’s winners to include a specific idea about the relationship of America to deity.
“Under God” now became the second doctrinal tenet added to official state theology. rounding-out the fullness of government-sponsored religious ideology. The American Theocracy was at this point nearing completion, exemplified in two officially-sanctioned doctrines:
1. God is a deity which elicits trust in human beings.
2. Such deity is located “up there” -- Americans are “under” God.
From this moment forward, anyone who did not subscribe to
these two doctrines regarding God was no longer considered a
3 "I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God." --George H.W. Bush, August 27, 1987.