The invocation of The Divine, UNDER GOD was added to this most beautiful of all affirmations in 1956, just before the admission of Alaska and Hawaii to the United States of America. These are the finest words ever spoken other than a document that starts with, "In the beginning . . .."
Atheists have used our invocation of The Divine to rail against our Pledge of Allegiance and have it barred from schools because the Pledge is positive, uplifting, and encouraging, where atheism is cold, tyrannical, demeaning, and belittling.
One thinks of stage comics as disrespectful persons, but America's most beloved humorist, Red Skelton, was anything but that. Never did any of his jokes contain smut, nor did he resort to insult, nor did he resort to coldness.
Skelton's long path rising from obscurity in vaudeville to prominence in CBS made him one of the most beloved persons in America, and he knew how hard life could be elsewhere. One of Skelton's first trips out of the nation was to the German front in 1945 and another four years later to Israel in 1949.
We fell in love with Skelton's witty repartee, his clean humor, and his love for humanity. He endeared himself to virtually everyone.
Time has been impotent to pale the memory of this legendary showman.