Atheist Rips into Presidential Oath

Avowed atheist Michael Newdow, infamous for his attacks against references to God in the Pledge of Allegiance and the national motto, now wants to remove all religious references from Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Newdow, who in past legal battles has tried to strip the United States currency of a reference to God and has sued to alter the pledge of allegiance in schools, now wants to alter history. Newdow wants the president-elect barred from a traditional reference to God in the oath of office — “so help me God” — because those words are not in the oath set out in the Constitution. He also wants two prayers by well-known Christian figures cancelled. Revs. Rick Warren and Joseph Lowery are scheduled to deliver inaugural prayers on January 20.

“I hope people understand this is not an anti-God issue — this is a pro-equality issue,” Newdow tells Associated Press. “And it’s not treating people equal when the government takes one side in a religious debate. To have chaplains come and say that God exists when there are people who think quite strongly that’s not true is just as wrong as to have chaplains come in and say that Jesus is Lord.”

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2 Responses to “Atheist Rips into Presidential Oath”

  1. Greg P says:

    “To have chaplains come and say that God exists when there are people who think quite strongly that’s not true is just as wrong as to have chaplains come in and say that Jesus is Lord.”

    Is Barack Obama supposed to say, “……. to uphold the Constitution of the United States, so help me me”? This is Obama’s inauguration. He claims to be a Christian. He is talking about how HE, himself, will uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and that HE, himself, will invoke God to help him perform his job. Atheists have NO right to tell Obama that he cannot pray to God for wisdom in making decisions.

    I seem to remember a Muslim elected to Congress a couple years ago and he was sworn in with his hand on the Koran. I don’t remember hearing any atheists complaining about that….. and I’ll tell you why….

    It’s not a false god that atheists are concerned about. Just the One True God of the Bible, whose Son is Jesus Christ. It’s the Christian God that bother them. Because they know if He IS real (and He is)
    …….they’re screwed!

  2. Patrick says:

    Once again, do not be so quick to assume what all people think/feel. I’m not worried about a God being real, or am I afraid of him/her/them. If I was, I would be praying and just as religious as you. Personally, I really could care less if Obama is sworn in on a Bible or not. If he does his job well is more what I’m concerned with – not what religion he follows. So, in truth not all atheists actually CARE about all these subtle details; and no, we also aren’t afraid.

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