The other night, Rachel Maddow did a segment about the Cecil Bothwell case — it’s worth watching just to hear him not take an oath to God when swearing in to office.
Maddow interviewed Katy Parker, the legal director of the ACLU of North Carolina.
So to summarize:
The NC state constitution says atheists cannot run for public office.
The United States Constitution says that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States”
The Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution says that when there is conflict between federal and state constitutions, the U.S. Constitution wins.
Still, there could theoretically be a lawsuit pending against Bothwell taking office.
It’s amazing that this is still a story and that more Christians and religious politicians in the state are not speaking out against this idiotic and archaic law.
(Thanks to everyone for the link)