Federal Appeals Court Goes With 'God'
Friedman, Howard M.
HFriedm at UTNet.UToledo.Edu
Thu Dec 10 12:02:38 PST 2009
The original complaint asked for a declaratory judgment that adding "so help me God" to the oath, and having clergy as part of the inaugural ceremony are unconstitutional. That would presumably apply to future inaugurations as well. Here is a link to the original complaint: http://www.humanistlegalcenter.org/cases/Invocation/Newdow_v_Roberts_D_DC_complaint_2008-12-29.pdf
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Does anyone know why his case is not moot?
Quoting Joel Sogol <jlsatty at wwisp.com>:
> <http://alm-editorial-us.msgfocus.com/c/1jdUyMEEiPtTMiYph> Federal Appeals
> Court Goes With 'God'
> The National Law Journal
> Before every oral argument in the D.C. Circuit, a court clerk tells everyone
> to draw near and give their attention because the court is now sitting. The
> opening cry ends with the line "God save the United States and this
> honorable court." Atheist lawyer and physician Michael Newdow filed a motion
> to block the clerk from referring to God next Tuesday when a panel takes up
> his case challenging the custom of concluding the presidential oath of
> office with the line "So help me God." A panel rejected that request
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