Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Obama’s oath of office and “No separation of church and state”
A group of atheists, led by a California man known for challenging the use of the words "under God" in recitals of the Pledge of Allegiance at public schools, filed a lawsuit yesterday to bar prayer and references to God at the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama.
Newdow and others also argue that the phrase "so help me God," used consistently in inaugural oaths since the swearing-in of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, should be stricken, saying it is not part of the oath as specified in the Constitution. (source)
If atheists are going nutso over the phrase “so help me GOD” being included in oath of office for Obama, they should consider what Congress set up for the 1st inauguration of George Washington:
“Resolved, That, after the oath shall have been administered to the President, he, attended by the Vice President and the members of the Senate and House of Representatives, proceed to St. Paul's Chapel, to hear divine service, to be performed by the Chaplain of Congress already appointed.”
(Source: American Memory section of Library of Congress)
Imagine what the atheists would think if Obama and all of Congress attended a church service presided over by a federal employee, one of the Congressional Chaplains.