Fighting Tactical With A Losing Strategy

In what’s becoming an established tradition Michael A. Newdow, the California atheist famous for suing to have “under God” removed from the pledge has joined up with a variety of atheist and humanist organizations to sue to prevent President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration from including prayer or referencing religion.

He [Newdow] wants to remove the phrase “so help me God” from the oath of office, noting that it isn’t in the oath set out in the Constitution. The lawsuit also seeks to block inaugural prayers by the Rev. Rick Warren and the Rev. Joseph Lowery.

“Equality is important to me,” Newdow told The Examiner. “We should show equal respects for all of our citizens, regardless of their race, gender or religion.”

It’s worth mentioning that he tried this same trick during the last two inaugurations and, predictably, he failed.  This is an example of fighting a tactical battle without consideration for long-term strategic goals.  Why?   It has little to no chance of success and, more importantly, is nothing but petty heckling. This endeavor, quite simply, accomplishes nothing but to make atheists look bad.

We’re already the most hated minority in America; we don’t need idiots like Newdow adding fuel to the fire.  Issues like California’s religiously motivated Prop 8, blue laws, allowing schools to punish students for refusing to say the pledge as long as it includes references to God, these are issues atheists should be fighting against.

Newdow’s lawsuit will accomplish one, and only one, outcome:  to further alienate atheists from our fellow citizens and provide fuel to low-IQ religious bigots.

Not sure that’s exactly the outcome he was looking for…

(edited by DrGail)

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