Inauguration Prayer

Atheist asks judge to prevent prayer at Bush inauguration

A US district court judge is expected to rule today on whether there can be a prayer said at President Bush's inauguration. Michael Newdow says that invoking Jesus during next week's ceremony will force him to accept religious beliefs. He lost a similar lawsuit last year. In that case the court ruled he didn't suffer "a sufficiently concrete and specific injury" when he opposed prayers from being recited at Bush's first inauguration. And the current judge says the two cases are the same. Newdow is the same man who tried unsuccessfully to have the words "under God" removed from the Pledge of Allegiance.