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No atheists allowed in 6 US state governments

Beth O
user 45420862
Deltona, FL
Post #: 3

I never knew this.. This info comes from Wikipedia.

"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."[77]
"That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution.”[78]
"No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state."[79]
South Carolina:
"No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution."[80]
"No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state."[81]
"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being."[82]
A former member
Post #: 193

Now 'That',,, is a Hot Post !

user 25917562
Longwood, FL
Post #: 18
Things like this make me mad, and isn't it unconstitutional? This is the stuff that Central Florida Freethought Community is interested in.
user 9231587
Altamonte Springs, FL
Post #: 47
I can not be a Boy Scout leader as an atheist, in all 50 states, even though I have earned it's highest award.
Lauren P.
Holiday, FL
Post #: 22
In 1961, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed in Torcaso v. Watkins that federal law prohibits states from requiring any kind of religious test to serve in office when it ruled in favor of a Maryland atheist seeking appointment as a notary public.
Since federal law trumps state law, the states that have this in their constitution cannot enforce this.
user 4301035
Palm Coast, FL
Post #: 2
Torcaso v. Watkins was a Maryland case, challenging the very Maryland law listed at the beginning of this section.
The SCOTUS ruled that the section of law was unenforceable as it ran contrary to the US Constitution which is "the supreme law of the land". Every now and then these lists pop up of unenforceable laws. The process of removing them from the books is so difficult, and changes nothing at all, that there's no reason to bother. Similar can be said about statutes regulating steam trolleys or other obsolete laws.
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