Is this TRUE ?? Re; Atheists and State constitutions..
Is this true? I had never heard this before and am shocked. The claim is that many States require a belief in God to be a part of that states Offices.
- Excerpt from the North Carolina State Constitution ARTICLE VI. SUFFRAGE AND ELIGIBILITY TO OFFICE
- Excerpt from the South Carolina State Constitution
- Excerpt from the Texas State Constitution Article 1 - BILL OF RIGHTS.
- Excerpt from the Maryland State Constitution DECLARATION OF RIGHTS. Article 37.
- Excerpt from the Tennessee State Constitution ARTICLE IX. DISQUALIFICATIONS. Section 2.
Sec. 8. Disqualifications of office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God. …
ARTICLE VI. OFFICERS. Section 2. Person denying existence of Supreme Being not to hold office.
No person who denies the existence of the Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.
Section 4. RELIGIOUS TESTS. 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.
Article 16 - GENERAL PROVISIONS.
Section 1. OFFICIAL OATH.
(a) All elected and appointed officers, before they enter upon the duties of their offices, shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: "I, _______________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of ___________________ of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God."
(b) All elected or appointed officers, before taking the Oath or Affirmation of office prescribed by this section and entering upon the duties of office, shall subscribe to the following statement: "I, _______________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered, promised to pay, contributed, or promised to contribute any money or thing of value, or promised any public office or employment for the giving or withholding of a vote at the election at which I was elected or as a reward to secure my appointment or confirmation, whichever the case may be, so help me God."
That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution.
No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.
“you know you’ve created God in your own image when God hates all the same people that you do”