Bigotry in Texas 4

From the constitution of Texas, Article 1 Section 4:

No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.”

This means that no atheist may be elected or appointed to any office or fill any post of public trust.

Texas has a fine spirit of independence. Its governor, Rick Perry, even dared mention the possibility of secession at a Tea Party rally last April. But we condemn this constitutionally entrenched discrimination, arising from sheer bigotry.

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Posted under Atheism, Christianity, Commentary, government, United States by Jillian Becker on Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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This post has 4 comments.

  • Bill

    While keeping my cable channel tuned into where the Olympics are being broadcast, I watched Keith Olbermann last night.… While there certainly are atheists in Texas, they are certainly not the majority. Keith is wrong in implying “ALL” Texans are stupid. But a poll showed 60% of all Texans believed man lived at the same times as dinosaurs – or were not sure if they coexisted.

  • Bill

    If I claim my domestic shorthaired housecat is a supreme being, would I qualify?

  • Slphillips1

    I'm pretty sure it's the same way in Tennessee. Descrimination at its best.

  • aeschines

    “No religious test… …provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being”

    No contradiction there. None whatsoever.