Roger Gench is theologian in residence at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia. Roger is the author of “The Cross Examen,” a book that finds nodes of connection between rich spiritual reflection and profound engagement in public life.
In 1954, George Docherty preached a sermon at New York Avenue church in Washington, D.C., and suggested that since morality is based on a Judeo-Christian foundation, the Pledge of Allegiance should include a reference to God. President Eisenhower was seated in the congregation and was moved by the sermon. As a result, Docherty’s sermon was influential in the movement to change the Pledge of Allegiance to include the phrase "under God."