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To: rhema

> The evidence? Antique clauses in the constitutions of
> six — count ‘em — states barring atheists from office.

Sorry, but atheists must be banned from public office.

Upon what can they base their oath of office? To what external, objective, transcendent standard can they appeal in ordert to uphold the Laws of the Republic?

For the same reason, an atheist’s testimony should be inadmissible in a court room.


3 posted on 05/23/2009 12:20:20 PM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Westbrook
Sorry, but you're wrong. The “external, objective, transcendent standard” you seek is the constitution itself. Review Article VI, Section 3:

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

As far as your comment regarding the testimony of atheists in court, you may want to rethink that, unless you wish to claim that the proponents of faith never lie.

17 posted on 05/23/2009 12:40:17 PM PDT by stormer
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To: Westbrook
Sorry but the Constitution disagrees with you. Read article 6 section 3; luckily the Founders thought differently.

No one is beholden your religious tests.

61 posted on 05/23/2009 4:17:32 PM PDT by GunRunner
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To: Westbrook
Sorry, but atheists must be banned from public office.

Upon what can they base their oath of office? To what external, objective, transcendent standard can they appeal in ordert to uphold the Laws of the Republic?

For the same reason, an atheist’s testimony should be inadmissible in a court room.

Your opinions on this would seem to be right at home in an Islamic fundamentalist state, but they are not what this country is supposed to be about.

Our civil rights have no dependence upon our religious opinions more than our opinions in physics or geometry. -- Thomas Jefferson, Statute for Religious Freedom, 1779. Papers, 2:545

64 posted on 05/23/2009 4:30:38 PM PDT by cerberus
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To: Westbrook
Sorry, but atheists must be banned from public office.

Upon what can they base their oath of office?

And believing that a cosmic Jewish Zombie who was his own father can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat from a magical tree, is an acceptable basis for an oath of office?

70 posted on 05/23/2009 11:00:01 PM PDT by mc6809e
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