No Religious Test Shall Ever Be Required For the President. Article VI – US Constitution

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US Constitution Article 6

Constitutional Clarity

In American politics today there is a faction of right wing conservative Christians who judge every candidate by their religion. There are those who have long maintained that President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, and therefore unqualified for the presidency. During his 2008 bid for the presidency former Governor Mitt Romney was incessantly questioned about his Mormon faith. It was so bad he had to give a famed “Faith in America” speech specifically declaring that electing him was not the same as putting the LDS church in charge of the nation. Yet, even now, some Evangelical Christians still can’t get past their anti-Mormon beliefs enough to judge a candidate on his merits rather than his religion.

The irony in this is that these liberty loving, constitution touting conservatives fail to understand the framer’s intent in declaring Article 6 of the constitution that there shall be no religious test for any government office.

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.

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.

America is a pluralist society. There is no single American religion. not Christianity, especially not evangelical Christianity or any other variation thereof. Citizenship and public office is open to everybody regardless of race religion or creed, and even non-believers any popularized worldview.

As citizens that support the constitution, and the Founding Father’s intent in writing it, we should eschew all those theological politicians that hang out their religion as a reason to elect them. We should all cringe when a candidate declares that “we need to take back our country” as a coded call to all so-called god-fearing people to put their brand of religionists into office.

Discussions about the religion of a candidate making a person qualified or unqualified for high public office miss the spirit and intent of the United States Constitution. Every single person on this planet believes some magical story that others consider wacky, it is hardly enough basis to condemn another person’s character.

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The Pluralist Advocate started out this life in a conservative Military oriented community, and he later moved to that bastion of liberal activism called the San Francisco Bay Area. Having lived both ends of the political spectrum he has a unique understanding of both sides of most issues. He was also very religious growing up, serving as a studying the Christian scriptures and even spending some time as a foreign missionary. He used to think he had all the answers to life's greatest questions, but the more he looks around the world, the more he finds a wide variety of different values that work for different people. This blog is an exploration of thought and consideration from as many points of view as can be held at one time. He now holds the position that truth is found in many different disciplines. You may know the Pluralist Advocate around the web and twitter as brihartwell, or his given name of Brian Hartwell. He hates to be narrowly defined by one title, so as you read these musings you may find things you identify with, and others that you despise. That is good. Please share your reactions to the thoughts here and we will all grow together.