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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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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
He said that most patients in Pakistan, rather than going to see a doctor, turn to traditional faith and religious healers believing mental illness to be caused by supernatural forces or a religious test.
No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights'.
He also said his administration will take steps to ensure that faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that receive taxpayer funding can turn away anyone who fails to meet their religious test.
No one is disqualified from self-government by a religious test. So people who are members of the Knights of Columbus and members of the ACLU can participate on an equal footing.
No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights" One of the principal parts of this principle of Church and State separation is the guarantee of the free exercise of religion or freedom of religion.
Taking stock of recent congressional hostility toward religious nominees for public office, Professor Johnny Rex Buckles analyzes the Religious Test Clause and First Amendment norms to assess the constitutionality of congressional votes against nominees on the basis of religion.
"I appreciate receiving your letter concerning my views on the constitutionality of the Elementary and Secondary School Act and on a "religious test" as a qualification to serve as president.
Indeed, Siddiqui and his Court have decided that citizenship in Pakistan is premised upon a religious test; those who pass it will be entitled to the full rights and privileges that come with membership within the nation, while those who do not will forever be relegated to second-class status.
The Conference of Catholic Bishops receives funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide those services, so that denial amounts to an illegal religious test, the couple claims in the suit.
Michael Gerson is correct that there is no religious test for government positions and it is inappropriate for senators to ask a nominated judge if they adhere to a specific religion ("Judge's questioners fail the 'no religious test' test," Sept.

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