Another Pointless White House Petition

The White House “We the People” petition site is mostly useless anyway, but it’s even more useless when people make a petition for something the White House has nothing to do with or to solve a problem that doesn’t exist anymore. Here’s an example of both:

Look into state constitutions banning atheists from holding public office.

Seven states currently prohibit atheists from hiding public office. They are Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. This violates the “freedom of religion” in the First Amendment, as well as separation of church and state. Belief in a higher power should not be a criteria for holding public office anywhere in the United States of America.

But these provisions are unenforceable and unenforced and have been for more than half a century. The Supreme Court struck them down in 1961 in Torcaso v Watkins. What exactly is the White House supposed to “look into”? They have no ability to do anything about the issue. I’d like to see all those provisions gone too, but you might as well ask the White House to give you a pony.

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