Newdow fails in bid to remove God from presidential oath

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an effort to strip the word "God" from presidential oaths.

Citing largely technical reasons, a three-member appellate panel ruled that California attorney Michael Newdow and his allies weren't in a position to legally challenge the oaths. Newdow, an atheist, had hoped to avoid formal invocation of the deity's name in the 2013 and 2017 inaugurations.

"The only apparent avenue of redress for plaintiffs' claimed injuries would be injunctive or declaratory relief against all possible president-elects and the president himself," noted Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. "But such relief is unavailable."

The Miami Herald
catman on 10/02/2010 15:50

Well, that should make the believers happy. What a crock!

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