Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Government post? Arkansas atheists need not apply

(by Lynn Vincent for World Magazine)

Okay, probably not in practice. But by the letter of the Arkansas constitution, any “person who denies the being of God” is not allowed to hold a position in any government office or testify in court.

Last week, state Rep. Richard Carroll, a Catholic and newly elected member of the Green Party, introduced a measure to eliminate this surprising constitutional holdover. In support of Carroll, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty wrote a letter to the Arkansas legislature objecting to the anti-atheist provision:

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