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Pledge Case Figure Sues Over Chaplains

September 07, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The atheist who made legal news when he asked an appeals court to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance is now trying to have chaplains removed from Congress.

Michael Newdow, a Sacramento-based lawyer and emergency room doctor, filed suit last month in federal district court in Washington, D.C., claiming that it is unconstitutional for taxpayer-funded chaplains to minister to lawmakers and pray in Congress.

"If congressmen want to go to church, [then they should] walk down the block like other Americans do and go to church," Newdow told the Washington Post in an interview. "Don't get my government engaged in it."

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