Atheism in Arkansas

Just found this interesting tidbit from the Washington Post:

Arkansas is one of half a dozen states that still exclude non-believers from public office. Article 19 Section 1 of the 1874 Arkansas Constitution states that “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.”

The “as a witness” part is interesting to me, as it seems that an atheist could still be charged with a crime, but not be allowed to testify on their own behalf.  I may be misconstruing this.  Certainly none of their atheist friends or family members would be able to testify on their behalf, though. 

There’s a bill in the Arkansas legislature to repeal this insanity.  I pray to God it passes quickly.  😉

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