Atheist Re-files Suit Over Pledge, Adding Suit to Prevent Inaugural Prayers

January 3, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

On January 3, 2005 Beliefnet reported, "Dr. Michael Newdow, the California atheist who sued to get 'under God' removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, says he has refiled a suit regarding the pledge and filed an additional suit to try to prevent members of the clergy from praying at President Bush's inauguration. Newdow refiled the pledge suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on Monday (Jan. 3), he told Religion News Service. A court staffer said legal documents had been received but had not been officially recorded pending additional paperwork from Newdow. In the new case, Newdow has been joined in the suit by three families who include atheists and claim they are offended 'to have their government and its agents advocating for a religious view they each specifically decry.' Defendants in the case include the Congress, California, the United States and several school districts."