"are completely exclusionary, showing absolute disrespect to Plaintiffs and others of similar religious views, who explicitly reject the purely religious claims that will be endorsed, i.e., (a) there exists a God, and (b) the United States government should pay homage to that God."I'm not a constitutional scholar - I did take several church/state classes - but I think this would be considered a ceremonial display, like "In God We Trust" on our coinage.
The Supreme Court ruled more than two decades ago that such public "acknowledgments" of God are ceremonial, not theological, and serve "the legitimate secular purposes of solemnizing public occasions, expressing confidence in the future, and encouraging the recognition of what is worthy of appreciation in society.The Inauguration is on January 20th, and the motion for the preliminary injunction will be heard on Jan. 15th. Of note, Newdow brought similar suits against the 2001 and 2005 Inaugurations, both unsuccessful.
You can read the full text of the lawsuit here.
Update: Obama requests the phrase "So help me God" be added to the oath of office.