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A friend of mine sent me a bunch of interesting websites on atheism over the weekend (I think she is coming over to our side - I'm surprised by how many people have abandoned 'religion' due to the current administration- you wouldn't think the two had anything to do with each other).
ANyway....some of the random horrible things I read and was able to verify through other sources..
The American Heritage Dictionary defines atheist as:
1. Disbelief in or denial of the existence of God or gods.
2. The doctrine that there is no God or gods.
3. Godlessness; immorality.
THe following tidbits are, of course, no longer valid because of SCOTUS rulings and the first amendment. However, they remain in their documents. No one has yet taken the time to scratch out these numerous phrases against atheists and others who do not believe in higher powers:
From the Texas Constiution: 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.
Arkansas Constitution, Article 19 Section 1 of the 1874 constitution: "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."
Maryland's Bill of Rights: Article 36:
"That as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore, no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate, on account of his religious persuasion, or profession, or for his religious practice, unless, under the color of religion, he shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry; nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness, or juror, on account of his religious belief; provided, he believes in the existence of God, and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefore either in this world or in the world to come."
North Carolina's Constitution, Article 6 Sec. 8:
"Disqualifications of office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God...."
Pennsylvania a Declaration of Rights: Article 1, Section 4:
"No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealth."
There are many more...
taking jm breaks if you don't see me around much