After two lower courts had rejected Michael Newdow's bid to have prayer ban at President Bush's inauguration. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist
also denied his request to have the Supreme Court bar the prayer being said. U.S. District Judge John Bates also said the court had no authority to
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist denied Michael Newdow's claim that a prayer at Thursday's ceremony would violate the Constitution by forcing
him to accept unwanted religious beliefs.
In so doing, Rehnquist also rejected Newdow's request to recuse himself from the case because he is scheduled to swear in Bush. Newdow had argued
that Rehnquist had become a willing fixture in a government ceremony "infused with sectarian Christian religion" and thus had a conflict of
Rehnquist's order came without comment.
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I'm pleased to see prayer will not be taken away in the president's inauguration ceremony. Prayer still means alot to People that have not
forgotten God. If only more of us could group together and fight back to have his name reinstated in all the places it seems to have been erased.
'What I would like to know is why athiests are so offended by prayer and religion. Just how much inconvenience can it be to them to have to
accommodate the other 95% of the populaton who believe that there is a higher power whom we can petition and pay homage. There's a backlash a-coming.
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