President Barack Obama will be taking the oath of office for the second time on January 21, 2013. And atheists want him to do so without mentioning “God” and without a Bible.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Obama a letter following his re-election, asking him to reject the way “this country politicizes religion.” The group wrote, “When you stand to reaffirm your oath, do so using the language of the Founders. Eliminate the religious verbiage. While you’re at it, why not place your hand on the Constitution instead of a bible?” FFRF attorney Andrew L. Seidel wrote in the letter.
FFRF argues that “so help me God” violates the Constitution as it alienates the nonreligious, which the atheist organization believes is the future of America. FFRF doesn’t plan to file a lawsuit.