Religion Today reports that:
In 2011, for the first time since the question was first asked in 1958, a majority of Americans (54 percent) told Gallup they would vote for a generally well-qualified atheist for president, according to the July political report from the American Enterprise Institute. Forty-three percent said they would not. Still, the proportion of Americans willing to vote for an atheist is lower than for the other groups Gallup examined: black (96 percent), woman (95 percent), Catholic (94 percent), Hispanic (92 percent), Jewish (91 percent), Mormon (80 percent), gay or lesbian (68 percent) and Muslim (58 percent).
Currently there are six state constitutions that would prevent atheists from holding public office.
Even in my home state’s constitution of North Carolina, Article 6 Section 8 declares, “Disqualifications of office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.”
Of course, Scripture makes the same point…or rather my state constitution makes the same point as Scripture: (more…)