Religious test


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RELIGIOUS TEST. The constitution of the United States, art. 6, s. 3, declares that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust under the United States."
     2. This clause was introduced for the double purpose of satisfying the scruples of many respectable persons, who feel an invincible repugnance to any religious test or affirmation, and to cut off forever every pretence of any alliance between church and state in the national government. Story on the Const. Sec. 1841.

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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
In his address, President Obama repudiated the view that there should be a war on Islam, acknowledged that the vast majority of the victims of terrorism are Muslims and that extremists are a "tiny fraction" of Muslims worldwide, and rejected both discrimination against American Muslims and a religious test for those admitted to this country.
Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz think there is something proudly American about imposing a religious test on desperate refugees.
Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every single Syrian refugee - that's just not who we are.
A religious test for deciding which refugees are allowed in America violates all that the country stands for.
Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every Syrian refugee -- that is just not who we are," said the former secretary of State.
When Jeb Bush suggests a religious test for accepting refugees, and a growing number of governors say they will refuse to accept Syrians fleeing war in the wake of the Paris attacks, it is this blueprint they are projecting.
House Homeland Security chairman: No religious test needed for Syrian refugees, Austin American-Statesman
They will scream bloody murder if a politician who leans left, or is even perceived to be that way, fails to meet their religious test for public office.
The Constitution specifies that there shall be no religious test for public office, and I am a constitutionalist," Cruz said.
His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in 1961 the court ruled unanimously for Torcaso, saying states could not have a religious test for public office.
There must be no religious test for citizenship or public office.

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