In late May a federal court dismissed the lawsuit of a Sacramento atheist who tried to stop President Bush from referring to Jesus in his speeches. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton said the courts don't have the authority to tell the President what to say. In Brazil, meanwhile, a religion-and-politics case focused on Jesus himself. Presidential election judge Wellington Carvalho Coelho sued Jesus after noting a bumper sticker reading JESUS CHRIST—THE BEST WAY FORWARD, reported the Ananova online news service. Rules for the October presidential election explicitly prohibited the display of stickers and posters until July. Judge Eva Evangelista dismissed the case, noting that Jesus isn't running this year.

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The atheist who filed the lawsuit against the president is actually Michael Newdow who also filed the case against the Pledge of Allegiance. And now, he is appealing the case against President Bush.

Related articles include:

Atheist loses bid to halt Bush's faith referencesThe Sacramento Bee (May 25, 2002)
Jesus Christ in Brazil's presidential election controversy—Ananova (May 15, 2002)

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