Posted by: Kristy | December 31, 2008

Who ya gonna call?

This article posted on MSNBC.com this morning intrigues me. Apparently, an atheist from Northern California recently joined a lawsuit with 17 additional plaintiffs seeking to remove any type of religious references, such as “so help me God”, from President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration oath. If successful, the lawsuit also would prevent prayers during the ceremony from the Rev. Rick Warren and the Rev. Joseph Lowery.

Michael Newdow  filed unsuccessful attempts in 2001 and 2005.

“Equality is important to me,” Newdow said, according to the article. “We should show equal respects for all of our citizens, regardless of their race, gender or religion.”

I’m reserving my personal thoughts for a moment to ask a few questions. I would like to know what other people think:

• How does a president calling on a higher power when he is taking on such a vast responsibility affect the equality of those he is leading?

• What would be the benefit of allowing the person taking office to choose if they wish to use religious phrasing? What would be the drawbacks?

• If someone does not believe in God, than isn’t a phrase such as “so help me God” just that — a phrase? Words strung together? Where is the offense?

These are not rhetoric. Please share with the class.

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  1. FLORIDA COURT SETS ATHEIST HOLY DAY
    In Florida , an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter & Passover holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews & observances of their holy days. The argument was ~ it is unfair that atheists had no such recognized day(s).

    The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, ‘Case dismissed.’

    The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, ‘Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter & others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur & Hanukkah. Yet my client & all other atheists have no such holidays.’

    The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, ‘But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.’

    The lawyer said, ‘Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.’

    The judge said, ‘The calendar says April 1st is ‘April Fools Day.’ Psalm 14:1 states ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.


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