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There Are States Where Technically You Can't Hold Public Office If You Are An Atheist!


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: ethics, corruption, abuse, dishonesty, government, politics, culture, religion, rights, law, violence, war )

Wild
- 64 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Eight state constitutions include restrictions on people who don't believe in a supreme being. In Arkansas, denying the existence of God means you can't hold civil office or testify in court, while in Tennessee there are also guidelines about belief in th



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Wild Thang (9)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 12:17 pm
And here all this time I thought the requirement was secret allegiance to the devil. Anyone can believe in the god on the dollar bill can't they. Just put down on the form you believe in the almighty dollar. Will belief in the national war god work?
 

David F. (14)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 1:25 pm
Eight states that didn't make it out of the DarkAges yet
 

Freya H. (306)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 3:27 pm
Eight states that desperately need to be reminded of the First Amendment.
 

AniMae Chi (406)
Saturday July 12, 2014, 5:42 pm
i was going to say what Freya has already said!
 

Ashley heffner (457)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 12:08 am
How is this legally? Why hasn't this been taken to the Supreme Court? And how would they know if you were an Atheist, if you don't tell them?
 

Birgit W. (144)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 12:04 pm
Sadly noted.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 2:26 pm
I'd much rather have an Atheist in office than a right wing republican or tea bagger!
 

ValAWAYNOFWDPLZ B. (74)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 2:27 pm
That is insane, we have such a long way to go! Thanks for the article. I absolutely agree with Winn! Thanks to Ashley for sharing! :)
 

Janis K. (101)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 3:35 pm
I agree with Winn, I would rather have an atheist in office!
 

Vicky P. (463)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 3:45 pm
Maybe I'm bias because I'm agnostic atheist but I rather have someone who is atheist in office than Christian or any other religion, they are all breed from the same crazy shit books..
 

Mitchell D. (131)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 4:49 pm
I'm with Winn, and Vicky. I guess the issue is that these various constitutions could not openly claim that one is not qualified to serve, if he/she/ is not a potential religious hypocrite.
 

Kathleen Mireault (50)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 5:11 pm
Noted with extreme annoyance! Is there something in the water in these 8 states? Thanks for posting, Wild, and to Ashley for the forward. I'm with you, Winn!
 

Anette S. (24)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 5:23 pm
noted
 

Wild Thang (9)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 5:32 pm
Well yes there is the point of not allowing evolution to taught as part of science classes deferring to religion is science classes. So religion too is injected into political despite freedom of religion which is then interpreted as freedom for their religion.
 

Lauren Kozen (159)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 6:18 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks.
 

James Maynard (68)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 8:43 pm
More unconstitutional breaches
from the flag and Constitution
waving bunch......
How shocking........
 

Bojan Kunstelj (22)
Sunday July 13, 2014, 9:47 pm
being
 

Donna Hamilton (140)
Monday July 14, 2014, 3:52 am
Noted. Thanks, Wild and Ashley for the link.
 

Nils Anders Lunde (550)
Monday July 14, 2014, 6:03 am
Noted
 

Marianne R. (101)
Monday July 14, 2014, 7:07 am
I never knew this - very surprised
 

Chaz Berlusconi (72)
Monday July 14, 2014, 7:08 am
Noted...
 

Terrie Williams (769)
Monday July 14, 2014, 7:08 am
What Winn said, and all ma peeps!!!!! To the frikken Nth degree for me!!!!!!!

Kathleen---it's the fracking fluids in the water dear, I live in one of these 'Awful Eight' and believe me I truly believe it IS something in the water. I boil it for use.
 

Wayne W. (12)
Monday July 14, 2014, 10:13 am
Article VI, paragraph 3 states that:

"The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States"

Those laws eliminate just about everybody. We're all atheists. Neither Pat Robertson nor I believe in Zeus. I just don't believe in one more God than Robertson doesn't believe in.
 

Holly Schaeffer (35)
Monday July 14, 2014, 10:55 am
Noted
 

Heidi Walderra (138)
Monday July 14, 2014, 11:35 am
Noted. that is messed up.
 

Debbie W. (115)
Monday July 14, 2014, 12:49 pm
Good! Glad of it .....
 

Wild Thang (9)
Monday July 14, 2014, 1:06 pm
So will any kind of supreme being do, maybe the devil in disguise versus someone doesn't believe in blind faith and wild imagination? Does freedom of religion allow freedom from religion?
 

Val R. (241)
Monday July 14, 2014, 2:23 pm
I would like to remind the GOVERNMENT of the First Amendment as well - they seem to have forgotten MOST of the amendments -
 

Ashley heffner (457)
Monday July 14, 2014, 3:24 pm
You are glad that there are states violating the First Amendment Debbie?
 

J D. (84)
Monday July 14, 2014, 5:18 pm
Noted ,This is Unconstitutional & I don't know how they are able to get away with this .
 

Charlie Rush (54)
Monday July 14, 2014, 7:26 pm
Well, if you somehow think that believers are more honest than non-believers, I guess it will work for you.
 

Brenda P. (129)
Tuesday July 15, 2014, 1:47 am
noted and shared
 

Julie C. (18)
Friday July 18, 2014, 4:36 pm
Ben Franklin would be rolling in his grave if he knew this.
 
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