Atheist attempt to cut God from inauguration
Updated 10:57 AM EST, Tue, Dec 30, 2008
"So help me God" has been a staple of presidential oaths of office.
A California atheist who sued to remove religion from the past two presidential inaugurations and lost will try yet again before Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony.
Michael Newdow, of Sacramento, Calif., said he and others will file suit Tuesday in a D.C. court in an attempt to remove all references to God and religion from the ceremony, according to the Washington Examiner.
"Equality is important to me," Newdow told The Examiner. "We should show equal respects for all of our citizens, regardless of their race, gender or religion."
Sorry this stuff heats me. Separate church and state all you need. But don't separate leaders from their faith in the name of it. People should be held accountable to what they say they believe in.
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I thought this is why our forefathers came to this land, for freedom from religious persecution? Since Obama says he is Christian, shouldn't it be up to him, the words that he says during the oath? I don't knock people that don't believe in God, but isn't this sort of the reverse of that? If he claimed to be an Atheist, then I would feel it would be up to him to remove God from the oath (after all, it would be insincere to swear to something you don't believe in).
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