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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    What an idiotic lawsuit. The government has many official recognitions of God, such as on our money. They chose perhaps the one instance where the phrase is unofficial and traditional, rather than codified in law. That turns the lawsuit from "the government cannot promote God" to "no government official can personally recognize God in public," which is just stupid.

    Most of the efforts to remove official references to God are started by people with way too much time and way too little to actually worry about, but they at least have the advantage that their opposition has no legal leg to stand on. This one runs afoul of the Constitution on two counts. It's almost (that almost is important, though) enough to make me wonder if some religious group isn't behind this.

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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney View Post
    "The phrase is to be replaced with ,So help me moHAMed".We ain`t just dealin with aitheists anymore folks.This dud is born and raised muslim...the pres elect,not the ahole who filed the the etitlement law suit(well perhaps we are dealing with the same in the plaintif,ie. kind,loveing,hate America,christian hateing,freedom loveing muslim)."All Christians and jews are also being asked to refrain from attending the inaugural cerimonies,and life itself on the planet.Thank You".
    Get a life. He was not born Muslim and he was not raised Muslim. In his four years in Indonesia, he spend three years in a Catholic school and one year in a secular government school governed by the ideology of the pancasila. Part of this is recognition of the validity of all FIVE official religions of Indonesia.
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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    Quote Originally Posted by EgoffTib View Post
    Epic. I hope this guys sticks around...
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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    The headline of the article is misleading. There is no 'so help me God' in the inauguration. It doesn't exist, officially. Many of the Presidents being sworn in have added that phrase at the end of the proper affirmation the President must repeat. But, legally, it doesn't exist:

    "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

    That's it. There's no swearing to God involved. God is not important in this ceremony, per the Constitution anyway.

    If the President elect wants to add this in and make some kind of personal statement, though, that's his choice to make, imo. But I could do without the preachers. This is a civil matter.

    (Somebody may have already said this-I didn't read the whole thread)
    You're right, but I am not the one bringing the lawsuit. If the president being sworn in wants to say "so help me God" or not, as far as I am concerned, it is up to him. I just don't want this godless NUT to force his atheist agenda on everyone else.
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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    You're right, but I am not the one bringing the lawsuit. If the president being sworn in wants to say "so help me God" or not, as far as I am concerned, it is up to him. I just don't want this godless NUT to force his atheist agenda on everyone else.
    I wasn't blaming you, just making a point.

    As far as Newdow, though, I see his point. This is a ceremony to inaugurate the US President, and it should not be a religious rite. It is a civil, legal event.

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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    I'm not going to join in the "what the constitution says about god" bickering. I will say that I believe that public facilities like courtrooms and schools and yes, government, should remain neutral when it comes to religion. That means no "under god" in the plege of alligiance, no "in god we trust" on our coins... both thanks to an evangelical majority in congress in the 1950's during the McCarthy era... and no "so help me god" swearing on bibles or korans or torahs.

    Government=religiously neutral. Calling ourselves "a christian nation" is NOT religiously neutral.

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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I'm not going to join in the "what the constitution says about god" bickering. I will say that I believe that public facilities like courtrooms and schools and yes, government, should remain neutral when it comes to religion. That means no "under god" in the plege of alligiance, no "in god we trust" on our coins... both thanks to an evangelical majority in congress in the 1950's during the McCarthy era... and no "so help me god" swearing on bibles or korans or torahs.

    Government=religiously neutral. Calling ourselves "a christian nation" is NOT religiously neutral.
    "Being neutral" only encompasses the law. Not the individuals within the government itself. It would be kind of...bad...if anyone would want to take the president's right to free speech and freedom of religion away, no?

    If the president wants to say "so help me God", if ANYONE wants to say "so help me God" on public property, by God he can, no?

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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    George Washington introduced it into the oath, and all have followed suit. Are you going to dishonor this tradition?
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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    George Washington introduced it into the oath, and all have followed suit. Are you going to dishonor this tradition?
    You know, I always did have that question. If those words are only traditional and therefore, voluntary, how is the government NOT being neutral by not writing any law on it?

    ponder that, atheists.

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    Re: Lawsuit seeks to take 'so help me God' out of inaugural

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    "Being neutral" only encompasses the law. Not the individuals within the government itself. It would be kind of...bad...if anyone would want to take the president's right to free speech and freedom of religion away, no?

    If the president wants to say "so help me God", if ANYONE wants to say "so help me God" on public property, by God he can, no?
    Sure. But I'm entitled to the opinion that by using a bible to swear in all government officials, having that phrase stated by one of the supremes to be repeated by all government officials, having houses of congress opened with prayers, having odes to god stuffed into our pledge and put onto our money (quite recently) goes against the separation of church and state by incorporating a specific religion, Christianity, into our government.

    As to whether anyone has the right to say "so help me god" on public property, yes, they have that right. But does the government have the right to force every government official to say it by reciting a specific, governmentally-prepared swearing in statement? I don't think so. Just my opinion.

    It's also my opinion that judges and teachers don't have the right to preach their religion from the bench or in the classroom, or state that this is a "christian" nation. It's not. It's filled with people of all religions, and when government actively favors one above the others, it flies in the face of what I personally believe the founding fathers meant when it established a secular nation, with individuals free to pursue their religious convictions without interference.

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