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Thirty countries require leaders to belong to a specific faith

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  • Mr.Glass Salt Lake City, UT
    July 28, 2014 12:45 p.m.

    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.

  • koseighty The Shire, UT
    July 28, 2014 12:55 p.m.

    States that have religious tests in their constitution in violation of the U.S. Constitution:

    Arkansas
    Maryland
    Mississippi
    North Carolina
    Pennsylvania
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    July 28, 2014 1:08 p.m.

    We sure seem to be pushing for it here, too.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    July 28, 2014 2:22 p.m.

    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.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    July 29, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    "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?