Michael Newdow has come to the end of the road.
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist denied Michael Newdow’s claim that a prayer at Thursday’s ceremony would violate the Constitution by forcing him to accept unwanted religious beliefs.
In so doing, Rehnquist also rejected Newdow’s request to recuse himself from the case because he is scheduled to swear in Bush. Newdow had argued that Rehnquist had become a willing fixture in a government ceremony “infused with sectarian Christian religion” and thus had a conflict of interest.
Rehnquist’s order came without comment.