I’d say it would have been better to skip it altogether than to expurgate a reference to God from it. Still, it’s served to get people talking... people still care about God at some level. Now if they will give God credit for full-on, mighty gospel power, then we might start going somewhere good as a nation again.
“Forward”... It’s just another deliberate incremental slip towards a Godless society, pure and simple, and not an innocent omission. It IS a big deal. Yes, on some level it has created discussion, but discussion with no action to roll back this insidious form of culture creep is meaningless in the end.