Richard Dawkins, Making My Day

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.

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2 comments on “Richard Dawkins, Making My Day

  1. I just wrote a really lengthy post on this subject. I live in one of those other states, Maryland. Every few months somebody posts this. It shows know understanding of the fact that there’s a lot of archaic language in state constitutions. There was a Supreme Court decision in the sixties. Atheist can definitely hold public office throughout the entire country.

    Every so often someone “discovers” this factoid. I’ve also seen it debunked several times. They should put it on Snopes.

    In case you’re curious about what I wrote:
    http://fojap.com/2013/09/02/yes-atheists-can-hold-public-office-in-all-fifty-states-in-the-u-s/
    It’s not short. I’m afraid that I got a bit off-track while writing.

  2. Hi, fojap. If you know that, and now I know that, why don’t the folks at the Richard Hawkins Foundation know that? I wasted all that righteous indignation over nothing 🙂 Your post was very good and the 1960 Supreme Court got it right. Politicians put their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. Not the other way around.

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