A D.C. District Court judge announced late Monday afternoon that he will hold a hearing in a lawsuit that seeks to strip all religious elements from the Jan. 20 inaugural festivities. [ . . . ]This will not make everybody happy, including people on the ungodly side of the fence.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said he found “good cause” to allow Newdow’s case to proceed, based on the plaintiff’s court filings.
In 2001 and 2005, Newdow filed similar lawsuits but they never went to trial. He is also known for unsuccessfully suing to strike references to God from the nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.
Bob Ritter, a staff attorney for the American Humanist Association, who is joining Newdow in representing the numerous plaintiffs, said he was “happily surprised” to learn the judge would hear the case.
Reverend Joseph Lowery is giving little thought to the lawsuit filed by atheist groups trying to block any mention of god or religion during the presidential inauguration. "I think it's frivolous. I think they know it's frivolous. They are not going to stop prayer at the inaugural ceremony," said the Reverend Joseph Lowery.Wow, Rev, that's harsh. Lowrey is supposed to be the liberal religious guy at the proceedings, the counterweight of tolerance and sanity to Rick Warren's anti-gay, anti-secularist ideology. Does he mean to say that removing the word "God" from ceremonial government recitations would destroy America? No wonder people think atheists are so scary.
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"It's such a traditional part of the American garment that there is no way to take the thread out without destroying the garment itself and that's not going to happen," Lowery said.