Questionable Motives

December 9, 2009

Should atheists be discriminated against holding public office? North Carolina thinks so.

Filed under: Atheism,belief,civil rights,God,Human Rights,Law,Politics,Religion — tildeb @ 4:12 pm

North Carolina’s constitution is clear: politicians who deny the existence of God are barred from holding office.

Opponents of Cecil Bothwell are seizing on that law to argue he should not be seated as a City Council member today, even though federal courts have ruled religious tests for public office are unlawful under the U.S. Constitution.

Voters elected the writer and builder to the council last month.

“I’m not saying that Cecil Bothwell is not a good man, but if he’s an atheist, he’s not eligible to serve in public office, according to the state constitution,” said H.K. Edgerton, a former Asheville NAACP president.

Article 6, section 8 of the state constitution says: “The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.”

Read the rest of the article here.



  1. Why should public office be an exception?

    It’s a joke – stupid!

    Comment by makarios — December 9, 2009 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  2. makarios, can you explain what you mean a bit more? I am unclear which part you mean by ‘it’.

    Comment by tildeb — December 9, 2009 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

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