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Deity not needed for nation’s leaders

Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff

Editorial cartoon by Jacob Bogdanoff

One of the greatest things about living in a democratic society is that it gives people the freedom to make a difference within their communities, as well as the nation.

If one is inclined to become a leader, he or she is able to go for it – to run for office. Candidates for office also get to educate others about why current leadership has fallen short and explain why their plan will be beneficial. Just make sure you tell people you believe in God, otherwise your plans for leadership may be shattered.

Seven states constitutions prohibit atheists from holding public office – Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

If ever an atheist is elected in one of these states, critics are quick to point out it is against their laws, which happened when Cecil Bothwell won an election for a city council seat in Asheville, N.C., in 2009.

When she won, she was almost thrown out of office when critics took the energy to find Article 6, Section 8 from the North Carolina state constitution, which stated, “ The following persons shall be disqualified for office: Any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.”

Arkansas seemed to add a benefit for criminals in Article 19, Section 1 on their state constitution, which states, “ 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.”

That is reasonable, since there must be concrete evidence that atheists are not only dysfunctional to hold an office but they are also unable to identify a suspect on the stand.

In regards to whether or not a candidate believes in a higher being, answer this question with strong support: Does it really matter?

It does not because regardless if this person is religious or atheist, people should focus on their objectives of what they will do to enhance the community.

The battle of this nation being founded by a Christian nation or created by secular agendas has been overrated that the only way to find the true answer is to speak with the framers of the U.S. Constitution, particularly James Madison. We would love to hear their opinions.

Critics argue that the United States was founded as a Christian nation yet there is not much evidence to support that. Religion did not play a key role in the formation of the United States. The best example is the Treaty of Tripoli from 1796.

In Article 11 of the treaty, negotiated by John Adams himself, the first sentence states, “ The Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” Regardless, it just does not matter if a candidate believes in a god. Instead try this: Listen to his objectives.

States are free to express their own rights but separating an entire group of people is ridiculous. There is no need to panic of the assumptions of atheists will sprinkle their voodoo on vulnerable citizens because here is the secret: they do not even believe in voodoo.

Also, having a country run on a solely theocratic basis does not suggest it will be a better society. Iran has been resilient with citizens that oppose the government’s role.

While there were some movements towards a democracy, Iran stopped it with extreme force, such as the pro-democracy Green movement in 2009. After they held a presidential election, the government shot street protesters that did not obey their rules, according to the New York Times.

It may not be a bit of a shock but some people can be intellectual leaders without following a deity’s path. Is it hard to believe someone can lead a community without being influenced by Christianity, Buddhism, Islam or any other religion?

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