"Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland, Arkansas
and Texas all have language in their state constitution that notes the necessity
of belief in God."Does a belief in Odin count?
This is de facto the case in the U.S. as well.Of all the group
identifications (including Muslim, gay, adulterer and criminal) the person least
likely to receive the votes of their fellow citizens is an atheist. Most likely
this is due not so much to a lack of belief in the supernatural, but rather to
the 3000 year PR campaign to convince people that belief in gods is synonymous
with morality. And I wonder if the irony of this fact with respect
to our Founders is lost on most Americans today, since to declare oneself a
Deist in the 18th century (which many of the Founders did) is practically
equivalent to declaring oneself an Atheist today.It would be fun to
distill this fact down to something that would fit on a placard and bring it to
a Tea Party rally.
We sure seem to be pushing for it here, too.
States that have religious tests in their constitution in violation of the U.S.
It's a good thing that we live in a country that doesn't require us to
belong to religion in order to be a leader. Unfortunately, however, most people
want candidates to belong to religion before they will consider voting for them.