This isn’t legal is this even possible I WANT SOURCES KWILSON POLITICS FANGIRL WHERE ART THOU?
Okay Kwil says most likely BS, she’ll double check
I thought this was bullshit upon first look, because it’s a clear violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution (which is the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, AHEM), but upon further research of my own it’s actually true. Except Pennsylvania. Their state Constitution just states that people that believe in God cannot be discriminated against. (Which opens up a whole ‘nother can of worms, which I won’t go into right now.
In fact, the fact that these provisions have stood so long is surprising to me, and I would encourage anyone living in these states to write to their Representatives and Senators (US and State), as well as the Governor. I know that, after doing some more research, that I am going to. The First Amendment of the US Constitution clearly states that Congress shall make no law that either establishes religion, or prevents anyone from exercising their religion. These two provisions were incorperated to the states in Everson v. Board of Education and Cantwell v. Connecticut (via with the 14th Amendment). [Note: there is a fair amount of controversy surrounding the incorporation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, but for better or worse, it has been incorporated against the states.] Lemon v. Kurtzman states that the government may not “excessively entangle” with religion, and a very strong case could be made that the abovedo qualify as excessive entanglement. While none of these sections are advancing a specific religion (they all state that one must believe in some kind of higher power, not necessarily Christianity), I believe that they still makeup a state-sanctioned advancement of religion itself. And seeing as not every person believes in religion (the case in point here, atheists), I would deem that unconstitutional.
But again, I encourage people to write well-informed (and POLITE) letters to representatives, senators, and governors from these states (excepting Pennsylvania, here wrongly accused), extracting an answer and, hopefully, making a change. These statutes are unconstitutional, and definitely wrong.