2/12/11

Mississippi Constitution Excludes Atheists From Holding Public Office

Not surprisingly, Mississippi is one of a handful of states with a provision in our state constitution requiring god belief as a qualification for public office. This is about as clear cut a violation of separation of church and state as one could find. I suspect that it remains mostly because there has been insufficient public pressure to remove it. I also suspect that it is not actually enforced. But that does not mean it should be ignored, does it?

Article 14, Section 265 of the Mississippi constitution reads:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.
This provision must be repealed.

H/T to Haden Odom

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