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Athiest: Take God Out of Inauguration



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    A member of the American Athiests in favor of removing the phrase "under god" from the Pledge of Allegiance holds up a sign during a protest March 24, 2004 outside of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

    A California atheist is asking a federal judge to prevent President-elect Barack Obama from concluding his inaugural oath with the words "so help me God."

    Michael Newdow has sued Chief Justice John Roberts in federal court for an injunction barring the use of those words in the inaugural oath.

    Newdow and other atheists and agnostics also want to stop the use of prayers during the inaugural celebration.

    Newdow lost a Supreme Court battle to get the words "under God" taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance. He has failed in similar challenges to the use of religious words and prayers at President George W. Bush's inaugurations.