Atheists Can’t Hold Office in North Carolina?

I got a call last week from Tim Funk, a reporter for the Charlotte Observer’s “Faith and Values” section. He discovered that the North Carolina constitution contained a section which states: “the following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God”. I’m mentioned briefly at the end of the article.

He asked me if I was aware of this section of the constitution and I said “no, but I’m not surprised”. So far as he could tell, nobody has ever challenged it in court. It seems that a prominent North Carolina Catholic was responsible for getting the language of the consitution changed in order to allow Catholics and other “believers in Almighty God” to serve as well.

Link to article.

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