I have been fascinated by the Michael Newdow stir ever since the June 2002 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court declaring the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional. A three-judge panel voted 2 to 1 that the phrase “One nation, under God” violates the Constitution’s prohibition against official religion.
Having failed in similar lawsuits to remove prayer from President Bush’s swearing-in ceremonies in 2001 and 2005, Newdow, 17 other individuals and 10 groups representing atheists sued Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., several officials in charge of inaugural festivities, the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery and megachurch pastor Rick Warren. They filed the complaint in U.S. District Court.
The group also argue that the phrase “so help me God,” used consistently in inaugural oaths since the swearing-in of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, should be stricken, saying it is not part of the oath as specified in the Constitution.
Bob Ritter, staff attorney for the American Humanist Association and counsel for the suit, said in an interview that the group could win “as long as the judges uphold the Constitution.”
Of course they won’t win.
But it is commendable that such lawsuits be brought against “Faith”.
What possible difference is there between the theocracies of Iran, Afghanistan… and the USA? Not so fast! Remember Guantanamo.
atheistcartoons.com by Bill Mutranowski