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The Rev. Bob Emrich — conversion therapy advocate, Maine’s “Yes On 1″ advocate, and supporter of Uganda’s Kill The Gays Bill — has a new line item to his CV: candidate for Maine’s House of Representatives, representing District 25.
Isn’t he that preacher from the second Poltergeist movie?
B A P T I S T
How can preachers become congressmen when we have separation of church and state? This is no different than Iran being run by clerics, except this creep is a Christian extremist instead of a Muslim extremists.
Preachers may serve in Congress (or any other elective office in the United States) because Article VI section 3 of the Constitution reads “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” No one may be barred from office for adhering or not adhering to any religion.
This is kind of stupid since some states…mosty backwards redneck states…have laws that don’t allow atheists to serve in office. SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE PEOPLE
No. 3 · InExile
And to think that there were many who worried over the fact that Kennedy was the first Catholic to serve as President.
Next thing you know, der Papenfuehrer will be running for the office of President of America.
We’ve “come a long way, baby!”
I jest, of course…I think?
This is kind of stupid since some states…mosty backwards redneck states…have laws that don’t allow atheists to serve in office.
All of which are unconstitutional.
Fake Name….”but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States”.”
Where does it stipulate that religious preachers (pastors, ministers, priests, imams, rabbis, whatever can hold public office? If its inferred, then that needs to be clarified. Its one thing to be religious or not, quite another when one is a leader of a religious group holding public office and not subject to the separation of church and state. If that’s the case then I suppose a religious minister, imam, rabbi can run for the presidency. That’ll be the day!
Wait, you’re punking me, right? You don’t really believe that it needs to be spelled out that ordained people of faith are allowed to hold public office in the United States? Your education wasn’t really this bad. It just couldn’t have been!
If that’s the case then I suppose a religious minister, imam, rabbi can run for the presidency. That’ll be the day!
Yeah, that’ll be the day!
Oh wait, that already was the day, when James Garfield was elected president. in 1880.
Fake Name, quit the fucking condescension trying to put everyone down with your air of superiority. You sound like that other pompous asshole, Michael Letterman.
It’s not condescension. It’s incredulity that an adult in the United States could possibly believe that ministers can’t run for public office. Even if you didn’t know about James Garfield, are Jesse Jackson’s campaigns in 1984 and 1988 outside your memory? Or Pat Robertson’s in 1988? Or Al Sharpton’s in 2004?
Fake Name, of course you wouldn’t consider it condescension even though you questioned my education level but I suppose only holding two degrees doesn’t count for an education. If its not condescension, why did you bother raising it in the first place if not to insult, in other words, condescend? I am against religious ministers running for office and I don’t care if they’re democrat or republican, not when they allow their religious beliefs to trample on the rights of others by voting away people’s rights. Gay voters don’t strive to put referenda on state ballots to take away the rights of cultists to believe in whatever they want, let alone take away their rights. Jody Rell, governor of Connecticut, a republican, signed off on marriage equality legislation, yet she didn’t believe in same-sex marriage.
Remove all of the problems currently facing this society, and you’d probably still not think that our rights are that important to warrant a remedy.
I didn’t question the level of your education. I questioned its quality. Whether you personally believe that religious leaders should not run for public office changes not at all the fact that the Constitution of the United States guarantees their right to do so; this is something that the average high school civics class covers.
Our rights are not so important that the rights of others should be taken away or trampled to attain them, which is what you see to be advocating.
No. 12, Robert, NYC wrote, “I am against religious ministers running for office and I don’t care if they’re democrat or republican, not when they allow their religious beliefs to trample on the rights of others by voting away people’s rights.”
Your only recourse is to not vote for one, but as FakeName pointed out, they do have a right to run for office, although once in office they cannot legally use that office to impose their religious beliefs on others.
No. 6 · schlukitz: My friend your post is somewhat of a
prediction. Don’t think for a minute that these frightwing
nutbag lunatics aren’t praying for the day that they can
propose same legislation as the savages in uganda are doing.
I viewed the posts on that subject on brietbart about the
ugandan law and you would cringe if you read the posts by
people right here in the US who were applauding with sickening
applause and seeking the same law in this country…
Hi Terrwill. I went to Breitbart to take a look at the post on the proposed Ugandan law. I checked out “All” news, “World” news as well as the “Post” and “Forums” and, alas, found nothing with the word Uganda in them.
Would you, per chance, have the heading of that particular thread to help me find it?
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