Psalm 14:1: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Well, it had to happen eventually. I’m not surprised by this.
Michael Newdow, poster-child atheist, and others are suing everyone and their grandfather (as well as Rick Warren), to get prayer and God taken out of the Presidential inauguration.
This is from an article in the Washington Post:
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.
Michael A. Newdow, 17 other individuals and 10 groups representing atheists sued Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., several officials in charge of inaugural festivities, the Rev. Joseph E. Loweryand megachurch pastor Rick Warren. They filed the complaint in U.S. District Court.
Newdow failed in similar lawsuits to remove prayer from President Bush’s swearing-in ceremonies in 2001 and 2005. Source.
If Michael Newdow is such a fragile flower that the name of Jesus, or God, offends and hurts him, he needs therapy … or an exorcism. I’ve heard people make the argument, “I don’t believe in Santa Claus either, but I don’t spend my life attacking him.” Michael Newdow doesn’t realize that his attack on God, and His Son Jesus Christ, proves that he is under the influence of Satan. The fact that Newdow has devoted his entire life to attacking God shows that Newdow is under the power of the enemy…an enemy he doesn’t even believe exists.
Perhaps one thing that has limited Newdow’s efforts so far is his reputation for self-aggrandizement.
Scott Walter, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, called the lawsuit a “publicity stunt” in a statement yesterday. The Becket Fund promotes free expression of religion and has opposed Newdow’s Pledge of Allegiance efforts.
“Newdow’s lawsuit over the inauguration is a lot like the streaker at the Super Bowl: a pale, self-absorbed distraction. And anybody who looks at it carefully can see there’s not much there,” Walter said. Source.
Thankfully, Newdow’s reputation keeps him from being taken seriously by most people. But that won’t always be the case. Someday, somewhere, someone of better reputation will step forward and show their muscle. What will happen then?
Most interesting in the lawsuit is this:
Bob Ritter, staff attorney for the American Humanist Association and counsel for the suit, said in an interview that the group could win “as long as the judges uphold the Constitution.”
“We think the law is on our side,” he said.
Ritter said the lawsuit targets the oath, the invocation and the benediction.
According to the lawsuit, the opening and ending prayers “are completely exclusionary, showing absolute disrespect to Plaintiffs and others of similar religious views, who explicitly reject the purely religious claims that will be endorsed, i.e., (a) there exists a God, and (b) the United States government should pay homage to that God.” (emphasis mine) Source.
Wickedness abounds and will grow more wicked still. However, we have these words of consolation from God’s holy Word:
1 John 2:22-29:
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28 ¶ And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.