Is there an atheist running for public office in Texas?! Is he qualified? Will his supposed atheism be used against him?!
Yes. Yes it will.
According to the Republican Party of Texas,
Candidate for the Sixth Court of Appeals, Ben Franks, is reported to be a professed atheist and apparently believes the Bible is a “collection of myths.”
During debate over a plank in the State Democrat Platform, members of the Platform Committee debated dropping “God” from a sentence on the first page of the document. The plank stated: “we want a Texas where all people can fulfill their dreams and achieve their God-given potential.”
According to an article published in the El Paso Times, Ben Franks states: “I’m an atheist…”
All elected or appointed officials in Texas must take the oath prescribed by Art. XVI, Section 1(a) of the Texas Constitution:
“I, _____ , do solemnly swear (or affirm), that I will faithfully execute the duties of the office of _____ of the State of Texas, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God.“Should Franks be elected in November, one would have to conclude that he will hold true to his out of touch “atheist” belief system and ignore the laws and Constitution of Texas. Mr. Franks is a personal injury trial lawyer practicing in Texarkana, Texas and is the Democrat nominee for the 6th Court of Appeals.
I like the part where “collecton of myths” is in quotation marks.
So to recap, a man trying to be a judge may not want to say “So Help Me God,” and thus, he is violating the law and shouldn’t be a judge. But if he did say it, they’d probably accuse him of mocking their god and lying to the public. Is there any way for him to be qualified in the minds of the Texan Republican?
[tags]Ben Franks, Republican Party of Texas, atheist, So Help Me God[/tags]