Gateway Pundit notes that TIME Magazine’s former person of the week and Radical evangelical atheist Michael Newdow has filed his annual, traditional lawsuit over something or other – prayer, Christmas, Easter, whatever.
Michael A. Newdow, who led the failed charge to get the words “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance, is now heading an effort to keep religion out of President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing in.
Newdow’s group, consisting of 18 individuals and 10 smaller groups, has 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” in U.S. District Court, the Washington Post reports.
Lowery has been asked to deliver the benediction at the ceremony, while Warren is the transition team’s (controversial) choice to deliver the invocation; Roberts is set to administer the oath of office. The oath traditionally includes the phrase “so help me God,” which the athiest group wants stricken.
Newdow brought similar suits four and eight years ago to keep references to God and prayer out of President Bush’s inaugurals. They were unsuccessful.
As Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character in Twister said, “LOSER! Move Along!” This suit will be turned down just like the previous two were. The phrase “So Help Me God” is not an inducement or compulsion of a state-sponsored religion. It’s a tradition started by the first President, George Washington, that he added to the oath. It’s a tradition; and traditions are not subject to the separation of Church and State morass. The Supreme Court has affirmed this over and over again. This is all about Michael Newdow getting attention to himself, and raising funds for his group. (Madalyn Murray OHair’s sone always noted that lawsuits were the best fundraisers for their group.)
I borrowed the phrase “Evangelical Atheist” from “Dave In Texas” at Ace of Spades HERE:
Incidentally, there’s a reason I swiped used ace’s qualifier “evangelical” atheist. Mostly that the rest of us get along just fine, respectfully, and we don’t sue each other over stupid shit.
I know most of you get that, I’m just puttin it out there. If you don’t like it, you can send it right back. I wanna be on you.
That’s okay, Dave. I got your back on this one.