Apparently atheists “fall short of the American ideal of life”.  The opinion, reported in his obituary (TIME magazine, December 15, 2008), is that of the Rev. George Docherty, whose 1954 sermon so influenced President Eisenhower that the phrase “under God” was inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance.  Just another reminder of how difficult it is for me and other atheists to get Americans to begin to question their belief  in God.  But we would be falling short of our duty if we gave up trying.