Religion

Mississippi Lawmaker Supports Law Banning Atheists From Public Office

| by Michael Allen

Openly Secular, an atheist group in Ohio, is trying to change the Mississippi Constitution, which says that pubic office holders must believe in a higher power.

"No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state," states the Mississippi Constitution.

The Friendly Atheist notes that this type of law is unconstitutional and hasn't been enforced for decades.

"They remain on the books and remain an insult to all people who do not believe. And really state loud and clear that these states consider us second-class citizens," Openly Secular's Todd Stiefel told MPBOnline.org.

However, Mississippi State Rep. Scott DeLano (R) believes the unenforceable law reflects the majority of Mississippians.

"I don't see what good it would be to take it out of the constitution. I don't think you would have the support to remove that from our constitution at all," stated DeLano.

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Sources: The Friendly Atheist, MPBOnline.org, MS.us
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