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Atheists in office

In TN, that’s illegal. And someone is trying to change it.

11 Responses to “Atheists in office”

  1. Ron W Says:

    I’m a Bible-believing Christian, yea verily even a fundamentalist. One of the fundamentals of the Christian Faith is liberty. Therefore I would prefer an atheist who is faithful to the State Constitution and it’s Tennessee Declaration of Rights than a professing Christian elected official who is either ignorant of or disdains the Constitution.

  2. nk Says:

    It’s one of those laws like “no camel-racing down main street by bearded ladies on school days”. Obsolete and definitely not observed now, if it ever was. But atheists have to make their little points. They’re using the tactics of the gays — not surprisingly since many are — to litigate their acceptance into normal society.

  3. rd Says:

    IANAL, (Definitely Not A Lawyer), but how could they square their religious test with the US Constitution Article VI?

    “…but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

  4. nk Says:

    The offices in question are not under the United States, they are state offices. And until the Incorporation Doctrine came along in late 1920s, the First Amendment (which controls this situation dating back to a 1961 Supreme Court decision) was not considered to apply to the several States — only to the federal government.

  5. nk Says:

    Obsolete, but not patently unconstitutional when enacted.

  6. Ron W Says:

    rd, they can’t because most elected officials are either, ignorant of, dismissive of or outright disdainful of the DELEGATED POWERS UNDER WHICH they have a duty to act as executors, legislators or judges. AND re:judges, according to Article VI they are NOT independent, but are to be “bound by the law”.

  7. Kristophr Says:

    nk: States were not required to conform to the bill of rights until the 14th Amendment was passed.

    So yea, there is a lot of old deadwood in many state laws.

  8. rickn8or Says:

    But atheists have to make their little points.

    Would you be as dismissive if the law read “No Baptists”? “No Catholics”? “No Buddhists”?

  9. brewerbob Says:

    You are no better than the gun prohibitionists if you take away anyones civil and human rights. The dismissive attitude of some religious people is just as inflaming. No better than the fuckin ayatollas in iran or any other religios bigot.

  10. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    Ok, I have to shit in the corner here. I am not of any group of “faithful”. You may want to call me an atheist, an agnostic, or whatever; I reject all the labels and no longer consider the subject worth my attention.

    Were I to seek office at any level, my priority would be the rights of my constituents under the constitution of the US or the state as appropriate.

    Now, having said all that, I must say I much prefer the company of Christians to any others. I do base my ethics and morality on Biblical sources. There’s some good stuff in there. The biggest thing, though, is that atheists tend to be giant assholes.

  11. nk Says:

    Sorry, rickn8or, just saw your comment. Yes, yes, I would be. If the law is not enforced …. “Don’t kick less’n you’re spurred” is a good philosophy in the law and in life. No real person is being denied an office in this case. Nobody could be under current jurisprudence. The suit is only, only, for a judge to take an eraser to some print on paper, as a symbolic gesture.

    Hey, you Tennesseans, did I spell “less’n” correctly for that usage?