WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama wants to conclude his inaugural oath with the words "so help me God," but a group of atheists is asking a federal judge to stop him.
California atheist Michael Newdow sued Chief Justice John Roberts in federal court for an injunction barring the use of those words in the inaugural oath.
Newdow and other atheists and agnostics also want to stop the use of prayers during the inaugural celebration.
The oath dictated by the Constitution is 35 words long and reads: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Asked by Anonymous at 9:38 PM on Jan. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
No, I don't think he'll leave it out. This is HIS oath, and if it is what he wants to say, there is absolutely no reason for him not to be able to.
I would understand this whole hooplah if he weren't a Christian and was being forced to say God, but that's not the case.
Answer by DusterMommy at 11:15 PM on Jan. 14, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 PM on Jan. 14, 2009
If swearing to God is what will bind him the tightest in his own eyes then that is what HE should do. It it were an Atheist being sworn in it wouldn't be worth a hill of beans if he said those words so HE would then swear to what ever would bind him. It has to be the choice of the one doing the swearing. That's why I really don't care if a Muslim get sworn in on the Koran (spelling again...sorry!). Why would you want them to swear on a bible. They doesn't believe the bible so you might as well have them swear on an encyclopedia! The Atheists need to back off on this one and not because the think the Christians are crazy!
Answer by momof030404 at 10:04 PM on Jan. 14, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:04 PM on Jan. 14, 2009
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Answer by ny.chica at 10:26 PM on Jan. 14, 2009
Answer by DusterMommy at 10:26 PM on Jan. 14, 2009
Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 10:33 PM on Jan. 14, 2009
Answer by ny.chica at 10:36 PM on Jan. 14, 2009
Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 10:42 PM on Jan. 14, 2009