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
The first is to prohibit a religious test to hold office.
For example, the Constitution explicitly prohibits any religious test for public office.
Leahy bluntly asked Gorsuch if a religious test can be applied to immigrants or refugees.
The Constitution specifies that there shall be no religious test for public office, and I am a constitutionalist," Cruz said.
In Article 1, Section 4, the Texas Constitution states: "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.
Romney tried to close and lock the door he had opened, saying it was wrong to ask a candidate "to explain his church's distinctive doctrines" and that doing so "would enable the very religious test the Founders prohibited in the Constitution.
Wade--was deemed an unconstitutional religious test and, in some cases, an example of anti-Catholic bigotry.
We have a secular government, yet these people are trying to set up a religious test for a function of government,'' said Jerry Sloan, whose Sacramento-based Project Tocsin monitors the role religion plays in government.
Article 37 of Maryland's constitution provides that "no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God" (emphasis added).
I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interests, I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country," Ryan said Tuesday during a press conference, "And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test, and not a religious test.
Article VI, paragraph 3 states: "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.

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