South Carolina Government Freaks Out About Rumored Existence of Atheist

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
April 17 2014 5:58 PM

South Carolina Government Freaks Out About Rumor That State Official is an Atheist (Or Maybe Just Jewish)

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Nikki Haley.

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BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins and Gideon Resnick have the most hilaripressing (hilarious + depressing) piece of the day, about an ongoing South Carolina political feud over whether a state official is atheist (unacceptable) or just Jewish (OK..maybe). The argument, between a state senator and governor Nikki Haley, is taking place via extravagantly punctuated Facebook posts.

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The upshot is that no one involved in the conflict except a random libertarian guy on Facebook is making the case that it would be not be a big scandal to have an atheist in state government.

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