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Old 07-20-2009, 02:27 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by Totenkopf View Post
@EW--actually, no. What Federal laws prevent atheists from running for higher office b/c they are atheists?
Pardon me, but I don't think you said anything about federal laws.

Here's what I was referring to:

Originally Posted by Constitution of these United States of America, Article VI, Clause 3
... but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Originally Posted by MD state constitution, emphasis mine
"That as it is the duty of every man to worship God in such manner as he thinks most acceptable to Him, all persons are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty; wherefore, no person ought by any law to be molested in his person or estate, on account of his religious persuasion, or profession, or for his religious practice, unless, under the color of religion, he shall disturb the good order, peace or safety of the State, or shall infringe the laws of morality, or injure others in their natural, civil or religious rights; nor ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry; nor shall any person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness, or juror, on account of his religious belief; provided, he believes in the existence of God, and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefore either in this world or in the world to come."
Originally Posted by MI state constitution
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.
Originally Posted by SC state constitution
"No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor who denies the existence of the Supreme Being; ..."
Originally Posted by TX state constitution
"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."
Originally Posted by PA state constitution, my home state!
"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."

and there are others.


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