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Just the mere fact that there are states that would ban atheists from office, regardless of If they follow through on it, goes to show what a disturbingly strong effect religion had on the U.S.
There can't be liberty and justice for all if it's one nation under god.
Federal law supercedes state law, which means atheists can hold office anywhere in the US. This is not a problem.
For the red states, do they ban only atheists or anyone that is not a Christian? Like what if you believe in the gods of the Greek mythology?
I'm surprised to see Maryland and Pennsylvania mixed in there.
These laws would never be upheld in a court of law as they are unconstitutional.
I'm off to pee in a policemans helmet.
It's in the original state constitutions, which has numerous dubious stipulations, and no one actually cares about any of them.
lol, athiests frowned upon in Oregon, Washington, and California? You kidding? It's frowned upon to have religious officials up here.
None of these laws mean anything. They are unenforceable.
You can feel free to be angry that States ever did this.... that they haven't removed the wording from their old laws...
But stop pretending there is any ban.
this cheap map looks like it was made by a 14 year old, particularly with the whiny text for the green states, these old laws are unenforceable, might as well whine about the ban on donut holes being sold and barbers being not allowed to eat onions - all laws, look it up. whoever made this map or is 'outraged' by this nonsense is the definition of immature
Land of the free, amirite?
Fixing that title:
States with unconstitutional laws that ban Atheists from holding public office.
Everyone wants to be oppressed.
These are old laws though guys, come on now.
Is it just me or does the fact that the map is a rough outline of states as opposed to an actual map bother you? It makes Texas look bent among other weird things.
Google Torcaso v Watkins.
*Illegally and unconstitutionally.
I call total bullshit on the "frowned upon"
I'm all for facts but let's keep the fake extra bullshit to a minimum
You can't represent retards who believe in magic if you don't believe in magic too.
There's no state that bans an atheist from holding public office as that would be unconstitutional. Even if there is a law about that, it would be null and void
Wtf? Is this legit? If it is then what's wrong with America?
It should be the opposite.
Religious people can not be trusted to act in the best interests of the state because they hold their religion and god as more important than the state.
This treason is very clear in many policy decisions.
I live in Tennessee. As an atheist this deeply saddens me.
Texas and SC are not surprising..... but Maryland????
Ah, yes, good old pennsyltucky. I hate the people here so much :')
States where atheists holding public office are merely frowned upon.
Whelp, there goes your credibility...
Edit: Because the mods locked the thread I'll have to respond in edits, sorry.
/u/oboist73, I can't name ten politicians period – atheist or otherwise. It might surprise folks, but the vast majority don't maintain a knowledge or interest in things they can't control. I have no influence on politicians, so I don't bother with them. One could make this an argument about whether or not anyone has any influence over politicians, but unless you have a lot of money I think most people recognize anything argument other than no, you don't is subject to certain unpleasant realities.
This is literally the third time in less than a week that I have been cleaning up my desktop by deleting saved images but wanted to keep a record of the image so I upload it to reddit only for it to somehow make it to /r/all and then for people to start sending me angry PMs.
Why is this post a thing? All they would need to do is lie. Just like every other politician on the face of the earth.
Stop whining, you pussies.
Also doubles as a map of the most backwards- ass states
Whole us where it basically is impossible to win even if it is legal.
This is not a very high quality post, I gotta say
I'm so bored of retard USA
TIL if you call all religious people idiots you are less likely to be elected to public office.
Is this a case where old laws look really bad but they're not really enforcing or is this actively keeping people out of office?
How is this legal? How is not 100% Unconstitutionnal?
Like, if a business does that it's okay, in America's rulebook, but not the state, right? As a european I truly can't even fathom this bullshit. I'm mostly checking that this is true. It's fucking incredible.
"Seperation between church and state". Lmao
Land of the free, wooooo! If you are religious of course, duh what did you think!?
The North Carolina constitution states that atheists can't hold office.Article 6 Section 8: "The following persons shall be disqualified for office:First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God."
As a religious person:
What the fuck is this bullshit?
We don't have to put up with this in Canada, religion is seperated from the government and honestly it annoys me so much this hasn't happened in america.
Side note: You know how conservatives in america are constantly associated with Christianity? Well conservatives in Canada are completely seperate from all kinds of religion. They're not necessarily atheists; they just seperate religion from politics.
The US is fucked up, man
Aron Ra, an atheist activist, is running for office in Texas come 2018. There's no way he'll win but I'd be interested to see what his opponents would say if he got close.
I'm an atheist holding public office in Texas. But I can't tell anyone because it would have severe consequences on my business. It's a small town and I'm on the city council. I didn't realize I was breaking a law. Lol
It's unenforceable. Just outdated laws. There are many strange laws on the books in certain states that are never enforced. Yeah it's dumb, but you can in fact still be elected to public office in these states and be an atheist. Also, there's no way to "know" someone is an atheist anyway.
The green area has a very low standard of what constitutes "frowning."
Surely this is illegal in the US?
This is stupid. Not believing in a god should not impact someone running for office.
TIL. Thank you for sharing i had no idea these states did that.
The constitution says that people with "belief in God" have an additional protection or two against removal from office, not that without it one can't serve.
Is this True? how am I just now hearing about this..
God Bless my South Carolina