Atheists and the Arkansas State Constitution

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Posted by pinksharkmark ( on August 31, 2001 at 18:33:14:

In Reply to: i'm a bit of an atheist but i was rootin' for ya anyways nt posted by drhoser on August 31, 2001 at 01:27:41:

Sec. 1. Atheists disqualified from holding office or testifying as witness.

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.


Is that cool or what? If I ever choose to live in Arkansas, I can ignore subpoenas. I wonder if it would excuse me from jury duty, too.

It is clearly a violation of the US Constitution, but I guess things like that don't bother Arkansans. Note that there is no clarification of "a God". Presumably you can hold office if you are a Satanist or worship Baal or whatever... any god will do.

Religion is weird. Politicians are weirder.


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