christians, religion, religious right, right-wing tomfoolery

The last “ism”

is the one against atheism. Fox News “reports” that a city alderman in North Carolina is being attacked for being an atheist in a state in which it is actually still mandated that a person believe in “God” (definition not provided) to hold elected office. According to Fox, there is still a statute in the state constitution that

disqualifies officeholders “who shall deny the being of Almighty God.”

Obviously an attempt to invoke such a statute would immediately meet with, and eventually lose an appeal at the Supreme Court level, but it would incite hard feelings on both sides of what I will call the Idiot Divide for lack of more empathic language in my vocabulary for such bullshit.

If one sees in this the kind of small-town Terri Shiavo-like issue to rally the troops I would not be the one to call you cynical.

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5 thoughts on “The last “ism”

  1. Jon Stewart pointed out last night that Houston’s election of a gay mayor and a freaky snowfall occurred in the same week. Coincidence, or something “freezeing over”?

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  2. Getting back to the OP topic, what’s really depressing is the fact that the lead guy objecting to the councilman is a former president of the NAACP – so in other words, someone who should very well fucking know better has no problem being bigoted towards atheists.

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