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

No Religious Test for the President

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…

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Freedom of Religion Trumps Secular Attitudes

1st Amendment US Constitution guarantee of Freedom of Religion

Yesterday I wrote about the people in San Francisco that wish to make it illegal to perform a circumcision of any male under the age of 18 within the city limits. In the end, I oppose their efforts on the grounds that it will run contrary of constitutional guarantees of the free practice of religion. Jews and Muslims are two groups that find religious significance and group cohesion through the ancient practice of cutting the foreskin of their male adherents.  To deny them this practice would cut to the core…

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Political Pluralism

Coexist Rainbow by Brian Hartwell

In America, we seem to always be fighting right vs. left; the Christian right wants to make America more of a Christian Nation, and the left a more secular state. Although there are conservatives who are atheists or agnostics and strong believing Christians who are also liberal, the popular characterization in the media of left and right follows the secular and religious respectively. Americans, whether they realize it or not, prefer a government of opposites. In the past twenty years neither party has had a strong hold on all the…

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