Atheists sue to erase God from swearing-in

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A group of atheists is suing to bar prayers and references to God during the swearing-in ceremony of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.

Judges hear new pledge challenge

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court in California Tuesday appeared divided over the latest legal challenge to the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.

Judge: 'In God We Trust' stays

SACRAMENTO, June 13 (UPI) -- A federal judge in California has rejected an atheist's claim that the motto "In God we trust" violates the First Amendment separation of church and state.

Atheist plans to challenge motto on money

SACRAMENTO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Michael Newdow, the California man who took his case against the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Supreme Court, plans a new legal fight over money.

Court: 'Under God' pledge unconstitutional

SACRAMENTO, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge in California ruled Wednesday the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is unconstitutional.

Rehnquist won't block inaugural prayers

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Chief Justice William Rehnquist Wednesday refused to block prayers at the presidential inauguration, as requested by a California atheist.

Inauguration prayer dispute at high court

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A California atheist asked the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to keep Protestant ministers from saying prayers at President Bush's inauguration.

Challenge to inauguration prayers rejected

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A judge in Washington Friday refused to issue a preliminary injunction sought by a California atheist against prayers at the presidential inauguration.

Pledge Dad sues to ban ministers at oath

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Atheist Michael Newdow wants a U.S. district judge to ban prayers by clergy at the president's inauguration ceremony, the Washington Post said Friday.

Court won't rehear pledge challenge

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to rehear a California atheist's challenge to the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

'Under God' stays in pledge -- for now

WASHINGTON, June 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday knocked down a challenge to the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Court wrestles with 'under God' in pledge

WASHINGTON, March 24 (UPI) -- A California atheist told the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday that the phrase "under God" should be erased from the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pledge challenger to argue own case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The California man who challenged "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance will be allowed to argue his own case before the Supreme Court.

Court asked to reaffirm 'under God'

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court Wednesday to reaffirm the phrase "under God" as part of the Pledge of Allegiance, Attorney General John Ashcroft said.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Court won't review 'under God' ruling

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court in San Francisco Friday refused to review a ruling that declares the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional.
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent
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Michael Arthur Newdow (born June 24, 1953) is an American attorney and emergency medicine physician. He is best known for his efforts to have recitations of the current version of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools in the United States declared unconstitutional because of its inclusion of the phrase "under God". Most recently, he filed a lawsuit to prevent references to God and religion from being part of President Obama's inauguration.

Newdow is an atheist and an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church. In 1997, he started an organization called FACTS (First Amendment Church of True Science), which advocates strong separation of church and state in public institutions.

Newdow grew up in the Bronx and Teaneck, New Jersey, from where his nominally Jewish family moved in 1960. He graduated from Teaneck High School. He told Brown Alumni Magazine that he can’t remember ever believing in God, saying, "I was born an atheist."

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