"If some of these televangelists knew that Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, was a committed Socialist and drummed from his Baptist pastorate because he called Jesus a Socialist, they would damn his pledge from the pulpit and try to ban it from school books."
First Amendment Center founder, 2004
Actually... I don't think that the evangelicals would condemn the pledge simply on the basis of Bellamy's socialist beliefs. Quite the contrary! I think that they would continue to push for the pledge and soft-pedal Bellamy's beliefs.
I mean, if you REALLY think about it, what many of these evangelicals want is nothing short of a theocracy, and there's not much that separates socialism from theocracy.