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1 Timmeh  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 2:16:32am


The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

- Article VI of the Constitution

2 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 8:37:20am

The constitution of the Republic of Texas explicitly prohibited members of the clergy from holding public office. In 1845, this was rejected for inclusion in the state constitution on the grounds that it would conflict with the First Amendment of the federal constitution. It would appear that these issues were better understood 167 years ago than they are today.

3 Shiplord Kirel  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 8:41:51am

Relevant sections:

North Carolina's State Constitution, Article 6 Section 8

"Disqualifications of office. The following persons shall be disqualified for office: First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God."

Pennsylvania's State Constitution, Article 1 Section 4

"No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealth."

South Carolina's State Constitution, Article VI
Section 2:

"No person who denies the existence of the Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution."
Section 5: The oath of office ends in,
"So help me God."

Tennessee's State Constitution, Article 9 Section 2

"No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state."

Texas' State Constitution, Article 1 Section 4

"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being."

4 Achilles Tang  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 11:16:37am

re: #3 Shiplord Kirel

Relevant sections:

Pennsylvania sounds like it was written by atheists to ensure all believers were not discriminated against...I wish./

Texas would be fun to test. "I swear I believe in Thor".

5 ThomasLite  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 1:44:33pm

re: #4 Achilles Tang

Texas would be fun to test. "I swear I believe in Thor".

And I believe a sincerely held belief in Sol Invictus would be fine for both North and South Carolina (adressing SI as "God" in a general sense was quite common AFAIK).

6 Decatur Deb  Tue, Jun 12, 2012 1:49:56pm

MBF for the win!! An early version of the Florida constitution (around 1830) specifically banned preachers from public office.

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