September 1, 2002


Atheist Seeks End to Hill Chaplaincies : Plaintiff Who Oppposed 'Under God' in Pledge of Allegiance Files New Suit (Jim VandeHei, August 30, 2002, Washington Post)
The California atheist who sued to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance now wants to kick the House and Senate chaplains out of Congress.

Michael A. Newdow, a lawyer and emergency room doctor, this week filed suit in federal district court in Washington contending that it is unconstitutional for taxpayer-funded chaplains to pray in Congress and minister to lawmakers. He wants the court to prohibit the House and Senate from employing spiritual chaplains, who are paid by Congress to lead prayers, counsel members and perform other religious tasks.

There are actually few more dispositive arguments against the idiotic notion that the Founders envisioned a separation of Church and State than the fact that it was the very first Congress that initially hired chaplains and did so as one of its first acts.
Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2002 12:04 AM
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