Sunday, January 09, 2005

Somebody Find a Strait Jacket

America's favorite easily offended atheist is back...

An atheist who sued because he did not want his young daughter exposed to the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance has filed a suit to bar the saying of a prayer at President Bush's inauguration.

Michael Newdow notes that two ministers delivered Christian invocations at Bush's first inaugural ceremony in 2001, and that plans call for a minister to do the same before Bush takes the oath of office Jan. 20.

In a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Newdow says the use of a prayer is unconstitutional. The case is tentatively scheduled Jan. 14.

Last year, the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tossed the same lawsuit, saying Newdow did not suffer "a sufficiently concrete and specific injury." But the decision did not bar him from filing the challenge in a different circuit.

Newdow is best known for trying to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
You know, I sympathize with the fact that people find prayer at public events unsettling. But that doesn't mean that I won't mock those who go this far with their grievances over issues like this. I've always found lawsuits over crap like creche displays at City Hall and the like rather silly, but this is even more pointless. Can someone buy Newdow a sense of perspective? And try and use U.S. currency with the words "In God We Trust" while doing it.


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