Remarkable! Atheist May Be ‘Not Eligible To Serve’ In North Carolina

This article is from, “Asheville’s Home Page.”… there’s plenty more here, but the start of the article is amazing enough.

If we can’t get God out of Government how can we ever expect to have intelligence triumph over dumbosity!

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ASHEVILLE — North Carolina’s constitution is clear: politicians who deny the existence of God are barred from holding office.

Opponents of Cecil Bothwell are seizing on that law to argue he should not be seated as a City Council member today, even though federal courts have ruled religious tests for public office are unlawful under the U.S. Constitution.

Voters elected the writer and builder to the council last month.

“I’m not saying that Cecil Bothwell is not a good man, but if he’s an atheist, he’s not eligible to serve in public office, according to the state constitution,” said H.K. Edgerton, a former Asheville NAACP president.

Article 6, section 8 of the state constitution says: “The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.”

Rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution trump the restriction in the state constitution, said Bob Orr, executive director of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law.

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Posted on December 10, 2009, in atheism, editorial, News, Opinion, Politics, Word from Bill and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Epic 🙂 I found this site on Google poking around for something totally unrelated, and now I’m going to need to go back and read through the archives XD Good bye my spare time this morning, but this was a truly awesome find!!!

  2. Fortunately, Bothwell was sworn in without incident. I am left a little puzzled, though, about why someone who knows the argument against Bothwell was bootless (Who involved in politics doesn’t know?) would go to so much trouble to embarrass him.

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