It amazes me that the simple act of not believing in “god” carries such a stigmatism with it that Arkansas and five other states, against a Supreme Court ruling in 1961, do not allow a person who denies the existence of god to hold state office.
Hard to say what was more remarkable about the resolution that was read into the record and referred to committee Wednesday by a member of the 87th Arkansas General Assembly.
The resolution itself: HJR 1009: AMENDING THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION TO REPEAL THE PROHIBITION AGAINST AN ATHEIST HOLDING ANY OFFICE IN THE CIVIL DEPARTMENTS OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS OR TESTIFYING AS A WITNESS IN ANY COURT.
Or the fact that it was submitted by the Green Party’s highest-ranking elected official in America, state Rep. Richard Carroll of North Little Rock, who was elected in November winning more than 80 percent of the vote in his district.
There are plenty of laws on the books that aren’t enforced in states all over America, but you get the feeling that some of the more religious right states here would try to enforce these laws if they could.