Should religious fundamentalists be banned from jury duty?

I say 'yes.'

Here's my reasoning:

1. Faith is belief without evidence
2. Religious fundamentalists deliberately and openly apply a high degree of faith to the most important questions in their own lives
3. Therefore, they cannot be reasonably expected to rule on anything based solely on the evidence.

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Couldn't agree more
Mind you, there are times when bigots are helpful
Helpful bigots! Now you have my head spinning trying to think of the scenario ... it's not like I can google it or anything.
To be reasonable - I was just lashing out with logic - so to speak. Honestly, I contend that no group of people is more committed to the First Amendment than atheists.
yes, i think juries should consist of lawyers and retired lawyers and detectives and people who actually study what good evidence is... none of this stage show nonsense.
I would not mind getting rid of the Jury system all together but I dont think there is really a better option.
And a very logical conclusion it is. Not very practical, as Marcus suggests, but logical, nonetheless.
Actually, the Constitution doesn't say any thing about peers - what it says in Amendment VI is "...the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury..."
You know - you're right. I wonder where the 'peers' language came in?
Probably from Magna Carta:

20. A freeman shall not be amerced for a slight offense, except in accordance with the degree of the offense; and for a grave offense he shall be amerced in accordance with the gravity of the offense, yet saving always his "contentment"; and a merchant in the same way, saving his "merchandise"; and a villein shall be amerced in the same way, saving his "wainage" if they have fallen into our mercy: and none of the aforesaid amercements shall be imposed except by the oath of honest men of the neighborhood.

21. Earls and barons shall not be amerced except through their peers, and only in accordance with the degree of the offense.
how about my 'lawmen in the jury' compromise? ^
What about a fundamentalist judge?

Bailiff: "Put you hand on the Bible please."
Atheist defendant: "But I don't believe in God."
Judge: "Guilty!" (pounds gavel)
Lol. The worst would be a fundamentalist President. Who needs someone who thinks the end of the world will be a good thing with their finger on the button!

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