POLITICS

Cecil Bothwell's Opponents Say Atheist "Not Eligible To Serve"

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

North Carolina's constitution is clear: politicians who deny the existence of God are barred from holding office.

Opponents of Cecil Bothwell are seizing on that law to argue he should not be seated as a City Council member today, even though federal courts have ruled religious tests for public office are unlawful under the U.S. Constitution.

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