Lawsuit Filed Over President-Elect’s Oath

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According to recent reports a lawsuit has been filed over the oath that is to be used to have President-elect, Barack Obama, sworn in later this month, with those filing the lawsuit seeking to have a reference to God removed from the oath.
The lawsuit was filed by a Californian man and seventeen other co-plaintiffs, asking that the reference be removed from the oath. Obama is due to be sworn in on 20th January. Michael Newdow, who is the main plaintiff and an Atheist, wasn’t the ending reference of ‘So help me God’ removed from the oath.

The lawsuit states: “There can be no purpose for placing ’so help me God’ in an oath or sponsoring prayers to God, Other than promoting the particular point of view that God exists.” The lawsuit also claims that the reference to God is not included in Article 2 of the Constitution.

Mr Newdow has filed a number of lawsuits in relation to having references to God removed from oaths, and he previously filed similar lawsuits to have the reference removed from the oaths used by President Bush in both 2001 and 2005.

 

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