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Old 26th June 2016, 10:43 PM
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Default Petition for the rights of atheists to hold public office in 7 states of the U.S.

Hi,

I would like to share a petition with you and invite you to sign it:
a petition to restore the right of Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, Humanists and other Non-theists to hold public office in seven states of the U.S.

In 2016, open legal discrimination against non-believers is not common in Western countries. Yet, seven US state constitutions, namely that of Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, still have discriminatory laws in their articles that prohibit people that do not believe in God from holding public office.
The right to religious freedom is deeply embedded in the history of the United States: according to article VI of the constitution, "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States". Furthermore, in the 1961 Torcaso v. Watkins case, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that "neither a State nor the Federal Government can constitutionally force a person éto profess a belief or disbelief in any religion" (Justice Hugo Black).
In spite of all these, non-believers do not have the right to hold public office everywhere in the US. These obsolete laws continue to exist although being unconstitutional and deny the freedom of religion not only to Atheists, but Agnostics, Humanists, Freethinkers and other Non-theists alike.
It is upon us - concerned citizens of the world, supporting diversity and fairness - to call upon these seven US states to abolish their religious restrictions for candidates for public office. Please sign this petition to put pressure on the state legislatures to adopt rules that ensure equal access for all citizens and accept personal beliefs

Link to the petition:
http://bit.ly/1V1NEjW

New York Times article with further information:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/us/in ... .html?_r=0

Thanks for your attention!
yaliba
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Old 12th August 2016, 07:17 PM
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Signed it, up to 299 just one more to go
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Old 12th August 2016, 07:27 PM
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I couldn't agree with it more, but as I am not a US citizen my opinion is irrelevant.
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I couldn't agree with it more, but as I am not a US citizen my opinion is irrelevant.
It may be irrelevant, but who Americans vote into office can have a huge impact on the world. Like Trump. I know it is a pipe dream, but the rest of the world should have veto powers.
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But no opinion of mine or yours will have any impact on the outcome.
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Old 13th August 2016, 03:39 PM
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But no opinion of mine or yours will have any impact on the outcome.
of course.
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