"But just as you needn't be Christian to enjoy ['White Christmas'] or ['Easter Parade,'] you don't need to believe in God to appreciate ['God Bless America.' Irving] Berlin's is the nondenominational, civic god, the one in whom, our currency says, we trust. When someone sneezes, even an atheist says, 'God bless you.'"I would like to state for the record that I have never in my entire life said "God bless you" to anyone under any circumstances, whether they had sneezed or not. Never once. And that this omission has always been deliberate. Furthermore, when we had to say the Pledge of Allegiance in elementary school I stood silent and deliberately said nothing because the "under God" part offended me.
Nor will I ever sing along to the song "God Bless America."