Atheist? Can't Hold Public Office in NCI had no idea, but apparently in North Carolina, you cannot hold public office if you are an atheist:
North Carolina State Constitution, Article VI, Section 8:
Sec. 8. Disqualifications for office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office:
First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God
This is also true in Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.