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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:56 PM Jun 2012

DU Poll - Surprised? 7 States That Ban Atheists From Holding Public Office [View all]

Wow, I really did not know this! This IMO sure conflicts with separation of church and state.

See >>> http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/959292/7_states_that_ban_atheists_from_holding_public_office/

States with laws on the books barring atheists from holding public office: Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Surprised or no?

36 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Unlimited
I already knew this.
7 (19%)
I'm surprised.
19 (53%)
I'm *not* surprised.
10 (28%)
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Sure violates the Constitution! elleng Jun 2012 #1
Maryland really surprised me, some of the others not very much. n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #6
Gotta check it out, elleng Jun 2012 #11
Not since 1961 in Maryland: Roselma Jun 2012 #28
Un fragging constitutional. How can these laws still be standing. Zalatix Jun 2012 #2
And how can this possibly be separation of church and state. Yet another WTF RKP5637 Jun 2012 #12
No challenges, elleng Jun 2012 #15
Some people say it's foolish to fight things like this. n/t trotsky Jun 2012 #38
'Some' people may misunderstand others, I guess. elleng Jun 2012 #55
Because some pesky, foolish person decided to challenge it. trotsky Jun 2012 #57
Some truly aggrieved athiest, elleng Jun 2012 #60
I understand. trotsky Jun 2012 #61
Not standing, merely on the books cthulu2016 Jun 2012 #22
That's good to hear. Nice to know our laws are working to some feeble extent! Zalatix Jun 2012 #25
oh those huffy atheists always whining about some nonsense. Warren Stupidity Jun 2012 #3
lol +1 JNelson6563 Jun 2012 #5
LOL !!! n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #9
Heyyyyy, you shouldnt say that. nm rhett o rick Jun 2012 #31
That's because they're so militant and Atheism is their religion! Arugula Latte Jun 2012 #53
Fucking MARYLAND ??? WillyT Jun 2012 #4
Article 37 of the Maryland constitution. Spider Jerusalem Jun 2012 #8
Well Thanks For That... So What The Hell Is Going On ??? WillyT Jun 2012 #13
Not unless a state bars someone from public office... Spider Jerusalem Jun 2012 #16
Thank you! elleng Jun 2012 #20
My thought too on Maryland, WTF!!! RKP5637 Jun 2012 #10
To which I riposte: "Fucking Pennsylvania?" (where Gettysburg coalition_unwilling Jun 2012 #47
I smell seven lawsuits. nt onehandle Jun 2012 #7
Settled long ago in Torcaso v. Watkins: struggle4progress Jun 2012 #27
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Give that man a cigar! eallen Jun 2012 #32
North Carolina too jmowreader Jun 2012 #14
Wow, I am truly amazed by this, absolutely amazed. Certainly not what RKP5637 Jun 2012 #19
I am surprised, and not surprised Art_from_Ark Jun 2012 #17
None of these laws are in force (though on the books) cthulu2016 Jun 2012 #18
Interesting, thanks for posting this additional info.! n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #21
Religion is the problem... lib2DaBone Jun 2012 #23
I really think religion is the root of evil. n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #24
...the root of ignorance and evil, which go hand-in-hand. Arugula Latte Jun 2012 #54
Yep, ignorance too, definitely!!! n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #56
MS. Par for the course. n/t Mean Gene Jun 2012 #26
Yep, no surprises on MS. n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #41
In 1961 the US Supreme Court determined that Roselma Jun 2012 #29
Thanks for the additional info.! n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #33
Surprised that MD and PA are on the list susanr516 Jun 2012 #30
Didn't one of the southern states recently have a big battle about interracial marriage? Jim Lane Jun 2012 #34
Alabama, the last hold out, changed its unenforceable law a dozen years ago struggle4progress Jun 2012 #35
Thanks for the correction! (n/t) Jim Lane Jun 2012 #39
I knew about Tennessee, but am surprised at some of the others, especially Maryland. LeftishBrit Jun 2012 #36
But those Constitutional provisions are illegal, so atheists CAN run. They just won't Honeycombe8 Jun 2012 #37
Only in America. Nye Bevan Jun 2012 #40
America is very backward in many ways. If we hadn't had a good run of RKP5637 Jun 2012 #43
The Church of Whatever Woody Woodpecker Jun 2012 #42
And let's not forget the Boy Scouts mainer Jun 2012 #44
Incredible, absolutely incredible. n/t RKP5637 Jun 2012 #46
For all the "this is all ok because Torcaso fixed it" types dmallind Jun 2012 #45
In Kansas, for example, it's a criminal offense to be gay, and they just RKP5637 Jun 2012 #48
Wow, that's incredible. I had no idea. Sounds like an opening for a new coalition_unwilling Jun 2012 #50
Lawrence is a great place for feeling not ruled by overreaching Repigs. The rest RKP5637 Jun 2012 #51
My Dad fought in Korea with the newly-integrated US Marine Corps, so he's coalition_unwilling Jun 2012 #52
Good point! (Altho we must remember that 1% of the population coalition_unwilling Jun 2012 #49
So what if you're elected to public office, then announce... KansDem Jun 2012 #58
Blatantly unconstitutional. Sans__Culottes Jun 2012 #59
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