Which States Ban Atheists from Holding Public Office?

Looks like the Cecil Bothwell case is getting quite a bit of national attention. Bothwell is the newly-elected Asheville, North Carolina city councilperson… who also happens to be an atheist. Some of the attention has been good… One man from Brooklyn, N.Y., sent him a $50 campaign donation. And he’s just sold 19 copies online [Read More...]

FOXNews Asks Whether Atheist Councilperson Should Step Down

Cecil Bothwell is the newly-elected city councilperson from Asheville, North Carolina. Because of an archaic law in the NC books, atheists aren’t allowed to hold public office in the state, even though this is completely illegal and wouldn’t hold up in court. FOXNews Channel wants to know what you think: At the moment, the “No” [Read More...]

Pete Stark Mentions the Lord to Ron Paul

Pete Stark (D-CA) is the only openly non-theistic congressperson. I sometimes wonder how much his colleagues know about his non-theism. Is it something they ever talk about? Joke about? As far as I can tell, Stark barely mentions it… The congressional newspaper The Hill recently published an exchange Stark had with Ron Paul (R-TX). They [Read More...]

Can We Get an Atheist on the Supreme Court?

The current Supreme Court consists of: 6 Catholics 2 Jews 1 Protestant And if Justice John Paul Stevens retires next year — he probably will — the sole Protestant would be gone. Dahlia Lithwick at Slate asks why it’s uncouth to talk about the religious makeup of the Supreme Court: … We talk about the [Read More...]

Clergy Ratings Hit 30-Year Low, But…

This makes me sick: Americans’ views of the “honesty and ethics” of clergy have hit a 32-year low, with just half rating their moral caliber as high or very high, according to Gallup’s annual Honesty and Ethics Ratings of Professions survey. Wait, that’s a good thing, right? Half the people don’t think Catholic Church clergy [Read More...]