Yes, this is a valuable use of the courts’ time and energy:
Madison’s Freedom from Religion Foundation wants prayers left out of Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.
The foundation, its two co-presidents and several members were among 29 plaintiffs filing suit Monday in Federal Court in Washington.
Among other things, they want the court to stop pastors Rick Warren and Joseph Lowery from delivering an invocation and benediction at Obama’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20. And they want Chief Justice John Roberts to leave out the phrase “so help me God” when he gives Obama his oath of office.
This is attorney Michael Newdow’s third lawsuit over the issue. The first two failed, and Freedom from Religion Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor is not holding her breath about this one, either.
But she still believes a judge could make prayers at future ceremonies unconstitutional.
Give them several molecules of credit for consistency; nice to know they don’t just complain about prayers at Republican inaugurations.