They shall be an abomination unto you

John Allen Paulos proposes 12 irreligious questions for presidential candidates. e.g.

Is it right to suggest, as many have, that atheists and agnostics are somehow less moral when the numbers on crime, divorce, alcoholism and other measures of social dysfunction show that non-believers in the United States are extremely under-represented in each category?

Paulos also notes that according to Article 19 of Arkansas’ state constitution,

“No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any court.”

Wow. Presumably this is not really enforceable, and it’s not easy to (nor should it be) to modify a constitution, but still. And apparently there are other states with similar restrictions.

The overtly Christian pandering candidates should also be asked if they condone the consumption of shrimp.

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