Atheist Sues to Remove "God" From Inauguration
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.