South Carolina Newspaper Runs Correction After Saying There’s No Religious Litmus Test for Holding Public Office
The Columbia Free-Times (South Carolina) ran a brief article last week criticizing the governor and a state senator for getting into an online spat online over the religious beliefs of a possible political appointee. The article included this line:
Last time we checked, there was no religious litmus test for holding public office, and we hope there never will be.
Just one problem: South Carolina is one of the few states where there actually is a law in the state Constitution banning atheists from holding office.
It forced the alt-weekly to run this correction:
Donald MacGillivray (below), a reserve army chaplain in Canada, made a ridiculous comment in an opinion piece for the Cape Breton Post:
War is about life and death and because it is so, it raises questions about meaning. All people search for meaning, as it is part of what it is to be human.
That old expression: “There are no atheists in foxholes,” I think really rings true because these big life questions are pondered perhaps a bit more by those involved in war.
Of course, there are plenty of atheists in foxholes. There are organizations dedicated to atheists in foxholes. There are intelligent atheists who think very deeply about the “big life questions” precisely because they serve in the military. It’s not just ignorance on MacGillivray’s part; it’s slander.
American Christians love to talk about how they’re so persecuted. Despite being in the majority, despite their faith being a benefit in a political campaign, despite the fact that there are multiple churches in pretty much every city. As Jon Stewart memorably said of conservative Christians, “you have confused a War on Religion with not getting everything you want.”
But if you want to see what it looks like when Christianity isn’t the favored religion and actually needs some defending, just look to Whezhou, China:
The Lubbock Independent School District in Texas is home to Lowrey Field, where the four high schools in the area play their home football games. The 8,500-seat stadium also houses a digital billboard where companies like Whataburger, Fuddruckers, and United Supermarkets pay for ads to run during the big games.
So, naturally, the man behind JesusTattoo.org wanted to place an ad there, too:
(The website has nothing to do with tattoos, by the way. It’s just one guy’s failed idea of a “hip” way to convert teens to Christianity.)