Atheists Asserting Constitutional Rights

This story was passed on to me by Vijay Eswaran. In 1961, a bookkeeper who was an atheist refused to declare a belief in God in order to become a notary public certified by the state of Maryland. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and the bookkeeper won. The Supreme Court ruled that states could not have a religious test for any public office. Today, there are seven states including Maryland that still have articles in their constitutions requiring a belief in God to hold any public office. Article VI of the United States Constitution disallows any religious test in order to serve in a federal office. Non-believers are rising up and protesting the unconstitutional atheist bans. Legal experts agree that the bans are unenforceable. Movements to remove the bans are becoming more visible as atheist groups test their political clout.  The secular movement is seeking legislators who are willing advocate for non-believers. Even though many lawmakers consider removing the non-believer bans from state constitutions sensible and fair, removing the bans is politically hard to swallow.

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Could Circumcision be Outlawed in Denmark?

Polls and referendums are not uncommon in Denmark. The country likes to gauge the public view on a matter before trying to change laws. However, the most recent referendum is a very unusual one. Danish people were asked whether they thought there was a problem with baby boys being circumcised. The answer was an overwhelming yes. The poll shows that close to 75% of the country’s population has a problem with people undergoing a circumcision when they very young. The timing of this poll result is great for the Danish government. There is talk of a complete ban on circumcision; if it can get enough support. Two of the major political parties in Denmark want the ban, but there are others who are not so sure. This survey should help make their decision. While polls are never 100% accurate, they are a very good indication of how the general population would feel on the issue. Over 1,000 people were surveyed and only 10% thought that it was the parents’ decision regarding circumcision. There was a discussion about this issue last year, with some of the highlights shared here by Sultan Alhokair. Most of the circumcisions that take place in Denmark are done on children who are born into the Jewish or Islamic faith. These religions have a requirement that a child be circumcised. Christian children are not circumcised. Denmark is not the only country to be considering this ban, with Norway and Sweden also debating the issue in recent months.

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Atheist Ex-Inmate Awarded $2million For Rejecting Religious Drug Rehab

In another victory for Atheists worldwide, and for those that are just pursuing a life of freedom from all religion, a California inmate has won his day in court. The inmate in question was ordered to spend 90 days in a residential drug treatment center. However, the inmate refused, because a part of the program was to pray to a higher power. In response, Barry Hazle, a lifelong self described atheist, was sent back to jail for 100 days for noncompliance. This was back in 2007. Also, in case you’re not up on the constitution, the government can’t force you to pray to god. That’s highly illegal. Hoping this shows that rehabilitation doesn’t need to involve a higher power. Sometimes it’s just about the medical importance like North American Spine.

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