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:



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This is What Christian Persecution Really Looks Like

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:



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Anti-Evolution GOP Candidate for SC Superintendent of Education Wants Intelligent Design Taught in Schools

There are plenty of candidates vying to become the Republican nominee for state superintendent of education in South Carolina — and if Tuesday’s debate was any indication, many of them don’t give a damn about science.

Candidate Sheri Few (below), in particular, supports a proposed state standard that would have students “construct scientific arguments that seem to support and scientific arguments that seem to discredit Darwinian natural selection.”

You can see her spouting her anti-evolution nonsense at 41:35 in the video below:

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Why Professor Douglas Laycock Deserves Respect, Even When We Disagree with Him

Douglas Laycock was the lawyer who went to the Supreme Court and argued on behalf of Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens in Town of Greece v. Galloway. He was trying to stop sectarian prayers at government meetings. Good for him!

Laycock is also a lawyer who filed an amicus brief defending religious business owners in the Hobby Lobby case that the Supreme Court will soon decide. Boooooooo.

So whose side is this guy on?!



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No, *This* is Why Southern Baptist Churches Are Losing Millennials

Southern Baptists are in trouble, they say, because they’re not baptizing enough young people.

But don’t worry! They had a task force look into the problem and the members of the team settled on five explanations for the “baptism drought”:

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