Seven states still have laws on the books banning atheists from holding office.

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Christian Sharia laws.

PoorDadSon

“Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke – both of whom influenced early American politicians. Locke argued in his 1689 “Letter Concerning Toleration” that “those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of a God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist.” Apparently Atheism gets us out of the social contract, including actual contracts!

PatxFussy

Expressly prohibited for the federal government under the US Constitution, Article VI, Clause 3, but state governments can apparently get away with it. But I wouldn’t want to live in Maryland, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Texas anyway. Or even the US anymore.

Canyon-Breeze

Maybe a tangent, but this is why it frustrates me when people say “ignorance of the law is no excuse…” It’s actually impossible to know or follow every law. Most states maintain absurd, overtly unconstitutional laws that they refuse to repeal. 15 states *still* have laws on the books outlawing sodomy. Yes, that means it’s still illegal. You’ll never be arrested or charged, but that doesn’t change the letter of the law. Even the most experienced lawyers and judges wouldn’t claim that they follow every law because the law is a complete cluster-fuck of politics, tradition, and indoctrination. There are people that view the law as some sacred thing, as holy as any other holy book — they actually believe that state/federal politicians always craft the law with the people’s will and best interests in mind. Far too many people have a pseudo-religious view of law…okay end of tangent.

michaelk_420

How’s that whole ISIS running the country thing working out?

OakInIowa