The last time you heard about atheist Michael Newdow‘s Inauguration lawsuit was when it was rejected by a judge days before Barack Obama took the oath of office.
That, however, was simply a preliminary injunction. A small setback. Not a big deal, really. The Inauguration issue hasn’t gone away.
It is likely this case could reach the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit within a couple years.
For the sake of convincing future judges that this is not some frivolous lawsuit of one dude, but rather the desires of many, many atheists, Newdow is trying to enlist your help.
If you’d like to join in on this lawsuit, now is the time to do it. Newdow would like 1000 Plaintiffs by this weekend.
In fact, he started a website to enlist your help. It’s called 1000 Plaintiffs for Newdow v. Roberts.
What is involved in enlisting?
It’s easy, it’s almost free (a postage stamp, and maybe a fax call), and there’s no obligation to make a court appearance if you do not wish to.
To become one of the 1000 plaintiffs in Newdow v. Roberts, we make it easy for you to submit a brief statement or “declaration”–less than a page–that includes information such as:
(1) Any national, state, or local atheist/humanist/freethought organizations of which you are a member, such as Freedom From Religion Foundation, American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance Intl., American Atheists, Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, Dover Atheists …you get the idea.
(2) How you classify yourself (i.e., Atheist, Humanist, Agnostic, Atheist-Humanist, etc.)
(3) How many (and which) inaugurations you have seen/heard in the past (including watching on television, etc.) Use your best recollection.
(4) Whether or not you saw/heard the 2009 Obama inauguration. If so, under what circumstances (e.g. in person, on TV, radio, internet, etc.).
(5) If you saw/heard the inauguration, describe your response vis-a-vis the religious intrusion in the inauguration event. [ Please note that general statements about your feelings on church-state separation are not relevant here. We need specifics about what you felt as a result of what you saw and heard. Also, please avoid rants about political parties or politics in general. We are concerned with the inauguration event. ]
(6) If you didn’t see/hear the inauguration, explain why not.
(7) Best estimate of how many future inaugurations you plan to watch/hear (either in person or via TV/media)
(8) Also, if you have minor children who saw/heard the inauguration with you, or who you expect will see/hear the next inauguration, please put that in your declaration as well (including their CURRENT AGES, and any information about HOW you believe their viewing/hearing the “so help you, God?”, “so help me God”, and clergy-led prayer will/could/did harm or adversely affect them).
(9) Penalty of perjury statement
It’s a simple way to show you’re serious about removing “so help me God” and “official” chaplain prayers from the Presidential Inauguration ceremony.