Would FDR's D-Day Speech Require a Trigger Warning Today?

Source: Conservative Review | June 6, 2016 | Phil Shiver

On June 6th, 1944, some 156,000 American, British, and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to liberate France and eventually all of Europe from Nazi control. After the landings began President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a heartfelt, poignant, and memorable speech to the American people.  Would that speech be ridiculed and require a “trigger warning,” in today’s polarized, politically correct America?

The speech was a prayer to God on behalf of the Americans fighting overseas for His strength and guidance in their conquest for liberty.

During the speech, FDR also called on the citizens of America to join him in continual prayer to God for success in their “united crusade.” It is worth asking if such an overt call to prayer would be accepted by the left today, or would the ACLU accuse FDR of violating the non-originalist contention that there is a prohibition on all religion in the governmental sphere. 

Here’s the text of the speech, as delivered:


It was not just FDR that made a call to prayer. Listen here to Gen. Eisenhower’s famous words, and contrast them with stories of soldiers today being reprimanded for mentioning God:


To our D-Day veterans — 72 years later we remember, and we thank you.


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