With less than a fortnight to go before President-elect Obama becomes President Obama – the 44th President of the United States of America – it’s unlikely there’ll be changes to the ceremony to reflect secularism.
But some American humanists and atheists feel there’s no harm in trying, it seems. They want a strict interpretation of the separation of church and state, as called for in the Constitution, and have filed a lawsuit to have the words “so help me God” deleted.
It’s a pity it has to be left to atheists and humanists. We don’t see stories telling us that people in general (whether atheist, Christian, whatever) are calling for this, yet there must be those who, of whatever belief, hold that church–state separation is constitutional and should therefore be adhered to.
Which leaves one thinking that a blind eye can be turned to constitutional anomalies if such anomalies suit those who are turning the blind eye.