This is one crazy country.
It seems that 6 - count em, 6 - of the states in our "United States" have laws on the books that ban anyone from taking elected office, or in some cases even testifying in a state trial, if they deny the existence of God. Seriously.
North Carolina is one of them and a recently elected city councilman in Asheville has some citizens trying to keep him out of office by using that old law because the guy is an athiest.
It doesn't stop in the Carolinas though. From the Arkansas State Constitution, Article 19, Section 1:
"No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any court."
Of course the Supreme Court of the U.S. struck down all such laws in a ruling against Maryland in 1961. They said in part (and rather emphatically):
"We repeat and again reaffirm that neither a State nor the Federal Government can constitutionally force a person 'to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion.'"
They based that decision on Article VI of the Constitution, which says:
“no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Don't see any wiggle room there. Thank you, Founding Fathers!
The fact that the laws are still on the books is one thing, but that there are folks out there still trying to enforce them is just batshit crazy.
Welcome to the Dominion.
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