Atheists lose another case at Supreme Court

| Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | |
Michael Newdow, whose previous First Amendment challenge sought to remove the reference to the Almighty from the Pledge of Allegiance, strikes out yet again

by Warren Richey

The US Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up an atheist challenge to the use of the phrase, "So help me God," at the conclusion of the presidential oath of office during a president-elect's inauguration.

The lawsuit initially asked a federal judge to block Chief Justice John Roberts from reciting "So help me God" while administering the oath in January 2009 to President-elect Obama. It also sought an order preventing two members of the clergy from conducting an invocation and benediction during the 2009 inauguration.

A federal judge threw the suit out, ruling that the atheists lacked the necessary legal standing to bring the litigation.



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