Saturday, February 21, 2009
Can Atheists Hold Office in Arkansas? Not Yet!
A resolution has been proposed in Arkansas to repeal its prohibition of atheists holding office there. You heard that right. Despite having been declared unconstitutional decades ago, six states still officially ban atheists from holding public office: Arkansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Again, we must laugh at the notion some on the right would promote that Christians are repressed in the US and unable to express themselves in the public square. An avowed, stated, belief in gods is a de facto prerequisite for getting elected in America, and over 10% of the states forbid an unbeliever from serving. It's high time this changed.