A link from the Richard Dawkins Foundation for “Reason” and Science showed up on my Facebook wall this week. A lot of my friends like his page, so I get to giggle at his stuff often.
This week, he showed the seven US states that, as he put it, “ban atheists from holding public office.” They included Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Maryland and Pennsylvania. I went “perk” because I live in Pennsylvania. I know our insane governor has many problems with gays which we have yet to cure him of, although we will when we throw his ass out of office. I never knew we had issues with atheists.
Good old Richard Dawkins went so far as to put the number of the statute in PA’s state law that shows where atheists are banned.
It took me seven seconds to find it and realize it was a lie. The law states: “No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealth.”
How can any slightly educated person read that and translate it into atheists are banned from holding office?
It’s just like Fox “News.” They make shit up and their sycophants eat it up and believe it to be true. Dawkins probably decided to lie because the story works better if at least one state isn’t a crazy southern state.
I would think a site that uses the word reason in its title would have some.
Atheists are welcome to run for office in PA, as long as they’re not gay and want to get married.