In February of 1954 Rev. George Docherty delivered a sermon to a congregation that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a member of. In his sermon Docherty stated that “To omit the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance is to omit the definitive factor in the American way of life,” pushing for the words to be added to the Pledge. Since then, many have protested that this neglects other religions within the United States as well as atheists. Docherty also had an answer for that in his sermon. He said, “An atheistic American is a contradiction in terms,” later saying “If you deny the Christian ethic, you fall short of the American ideal of life.”
The original Pledge of Allegiance, as written by Francis Bellamy in 1891, states, “I pledge allegiance to my flag and the Republic for which it stands — one Nation indivisible — with liberty and justice for all.” Tweaks came later, but ‘under God’ was not added officially until 1954.