Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Atheists File Suit Against Inauguration

"We're hoping to stop prayer and religious rituals at governmental functions, especially at the inauguration," Barker told FOX News Radio.
"The inauguration is not a religious event. It is a secular event of a secular country that includes all Americans, including those of us who are not Christians, including those of us who are not believers," he continued.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is the same group that fought to have atheist displays next to holiday displays, most notably in Washington state this year.
He said if Obama wants to hold a private religious ceremony, that would be more appropriate than having religious figures up on stage at his swearing in ceremony.
Peter Sprigg, vice president for policy at the Family Research Council, said it's Obama's decision whether to include a prayer, not the government's.

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Well they never seem to get tired of this.

Question: Was America founded as a non-theistic state? Or was it founded as a state where presumably religious people were allowed the freedom to practice religion without a "state Church?" There's clergy on the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress opened with a prayer. There's a difference between a secular state and Secularism.

1 comment:

Jason Kora said...

I think whether or not prayer is allowed should be up to the President-Elect. An inclusive prayer that people of all faiths could relate to would probably be in order.