1/14/2005

Inaugural Prayer Update

Michael Newdow's lawsuit to stop prayers at the Inauguration has been rejected.

On Thursday, Newdow told U.S. District Judge John Bates that having a minister invoke God in the Jan. 20 ceremony would violate the Constitution by forcing him to accept unwanted religious beliefs.

But one day later, Bates ruled that Newdow wouldn't get far in his legal challenge and noted the absence of a "clearly established violation of the Establishment Clause."
FindLaw has a PDF of the court's decision. In addition to finding no violation of the Establishment Clause, the decision also notes that the "balance of harms" weighed strongly against Newdow.