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Re Comment 1 by some asshole, the US constitution forbids a religious test for any public office, and that trumps any State law. I know well that the State laws are often not taken off the books, even when they are void this way. Some States also have laws on the books that prohibit Atheists from giving testimony in Court because (originally) it was felt that we would not be bound by oath, and so not trusted to tell the truth. Federal law also covers that, but in some States you have to ask the Court clerk before the trial to administer a "non-religious affirmation" when you take the stand. It blows up if the clerk forgets, and you are presented with the "so help me God" right in front of the whole jury, and you have to decide if you are going to knuckle under. I have seen that happen.

Sun, 08 Jan 2012 14:54:58 UTC | #906465