The California dad who sued to have "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance now hopes to stop prayers from President Bush's inauguration:
The California lawyer who tried to have the phrase "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance now wants to legally prevent President Bush from placing his hand on a Bible while being sworn in at his inauguration.
Michael Newdow, an atheist doctor and lawyer from Sacramento, has filed a complaint and a motion for preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking to remove prayer and all "Christian religious acts" from the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Mr. Newdow, 50, asserts that the presence of Christian ministers who pray publicly at the inauguration, Christian songs and the swearing of the oath of office while a president places a hand on the Bible violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
Such practices turn people "into second-class citizens and create division on the basis of religion," he said yesterday.
Back in my younger days in college I once submitted a resolution to the student Senate that would have censured a campus gadfly as officially "annoying" (alas, the spineless campus politicians wouldn't bite). I think a similar move might be called for here.