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Should "So Help Me God" Be Banned at the Inauguration?

Should "So Help Me God" Be Banned at the Inauguration?


A group of atheists and non-religious organizations want Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony, which will take place Jan. 20, to exclude any references to God and religion. In a lawsuit filed this week, the plaintiffs demanded that the words "so help me God" not be added to the end of the president's oath of office. Similar unsuccessful suits were filed before the 2001 and 2005 Inaugurations, but this one claims "there can be no purpose for placing 'so help me God' in an oath or sponsoring prayers to God, other than promoting the particular point of view that God exists."

Obama will follow presidential forefathers and use the Bible Abraham Lincoln used for his inauguration. Do you think the reference and use of the Bible interferes with the Constitution's ban on the establishment of religion?

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