Believe in God? No? N.C. constitution says you can't hold public office | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Believe in God? No? N.C. constitution says you can't hold public office

Posted by on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

It's that time of year when we hear about the alleged war on Christmas, the war on God—battles manufactured by the religious right to stir up the fundamentalist troops snoozing in the pews.

Well, while religion is waning in public life, it's not a war, but more like a "meh."

The "war," one could argue, is on nonbelievers, at least when it comes to holding public office.

The New York Times published an interesting article about seven states that still have language in their constitutions saying people who don't believe in God can't hold public office. North Carolina—shocking!—is one of them. This, despite a 1961 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said states could not impose "religious tests" on people seeking office.

This is the exact language in the state constitution:

"Sec. 8. Disqualifications for office.
The following persons shall be disqualified for office:
First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.

So who would this disqualify? Not only atheists and agnostics, but depending on your definition of "Almighty God," Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Confucians, Jains, Sikhs, Shintos, Taoists, Druids, Wiccans, naturalists, humanists, practitioners of Eckankar, Santeria, Bah'ai and Chinese, Native American, Australian Aboriginal and African folk religions.

The Pew Research Religion & Public Life Project has a full list of beliefs and non-beliefs that could technically prohibit a non-deist from being a register of deeds, a soil and water district supervisor or governor.

Tags: , , , ,

Pin It

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

Greetings to every one reading these. Am dr Andy senior traditional doctor in charge of Dr

Adelli healing …

by Kofam Eddy Pounds on Study: N.C. among 10 states with highest HIV infection, death rates (News)

Greetings to every one reading these. Am dr Andy senior traditional doctor in charge of Dr

Adelli healing …

by Kofam Eddy Pounds on Study: N.C. among 10 states with highest HIV infection, death rates (News)

Most Recent Comments

Greetings to every one reading these. Am dr Andy senior traditional doctor in charge of Dr

Adelli healing …

by Kofam Eddy Pounds on Study: N.C. among 10 states with highest HIV infection, death rates (News)

Greetings to every one reading these. Am dr Andy senior traditional doctor in charge of Dr

Adelli healing …

by Kofam Eddy Pounds on Study: N.C. among 10 states with highest HIV infection, death rates (News)

This 'task force' is nothing more than a public show by the mayor and city council to pretend to do …

by Pixel Support on Durham's Racial Equity Task Force Takes Shape (News)

Repugnicans believe in punishment; VOTEr suppression should be punished, and
the mere threat of losing sports money changed their …

by Chris Tiffany on Should Apple and Amazon Ditch the Triangle Because of the General Assembly’s Voter ID Initiative? (News)

Here's the text submitted at city hall Monday night by the commenter mentioned above;
[inequities] that exist here in Durham …

by Chris Tiffany on Durham's Racial Equity Task Force Takes Shape (News)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation