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Separation of Church and State..except in Arkansas August 18, 2006 9:10 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Politics, Regional Politics (SE), Touchy Subjects
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So, in TN we are doing stupid things with our constitution like dictating morals, telling people whether or not they can get married, and forbidding people from buying dildos. But in Arkansas they have an article in their constitution forbidding Atheists from holding public office or testifying as a witness! I’m calling my state representative! Our stupidity has been one up’d! (See the correction)

Article 19, section 1 of the Arkansas Constitution: Atheists disqualified from holding office or testifying as witness.

No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any court. [Source]

The Arkansas constitution is available online.

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1. AT - August 18, 2006

Yeah man, we’re totally going to have to get our reps to one up that, but how?
Got it… snake handling. Tennessee totally needs to enact a snake handling clause for all public figures. And to use state resources like campgrounds, highways, etc. Hell yes. Snakes all the time.
That’d freakin RULE.

2. djuggler - August 18, 2006

motherf**kin’ snakes on this motherf**kin’ [constitution]” – Rep. S L Jackson, Libertarian

3. Dean - August 18, 2006

Samuel L Jackson lives in Memphis … he could be a state rep. (And he’s a UT fan.)

4. djuggler - August 18, 2006

I’d vote for him based on his appearance on The Daily Show alone! I have always liked Samuel L Jackson but everytime I see him in an interview I am impressed with his wit and intelligence.

5. Dean - August 18, 2006

Loved him on the Daily Show this week. You can tell he’s just out there having fun.

6. AT - August 18, 2006

I’m proud to say, that he and I are like brothers, on account of my high school being the same building that his was. Just twenty years, and two owners, apart. He’s a Chatt town boy tho, whoop.

7. djuggler - August 18, 2006

I thought he was in Memphis.

8. Reality Me » CORRECTION: TN Does Not Separate Church and State Either - August 18, 2006

[…] Earlier I posted that Arkansas does not allow Atheists to hold government office nor testify as witnesses. I went on to suggest that TN had been out done in their efforts to live backwards by legislating beliefs and morals. I was wrong. Per Article IX Section 2 of the TN State Constitution. Section 2. No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state. [Source] […]


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