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  •  The statement you are looking for is; (4.00)
    The following in the Constitution;

    but no religious Test shall ever be
    required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United
    States.

    Jefferson made sure that one got stuffed in there to stop the use of religous tests (i.e. are you Anglican?) to restrict who could hold a government job.

    Up to that point most of the state Constitutions/articles/etc. had a statement that one had to be a member of the Church of England (Anglican) to hold a public office.  

    In fact up until fairly recently (last 30 years) politicians really didn't stress the religion part and most people were rather leery of those that did.  Carter and Kennedy both had to reassure folks that their religion would not rule the nation/decisions.

    We have no official religious test but woe to the candidate these days for any gubmint position who states he is not a Xian of some sort or admits to being a "Godless Atheist".

    I seem to have lost my nation, I appear to have stepped through the Looking Glass into a "Homeland"

    by mdgluon on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 08:45:46 PM PDT

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    •  Not quite true (none)
      Carter had to assure the liberal end of the Democratic base his religion wasn't a factor. Other folks thought it was great.

      And Kennedy had to assure folks, not that his religion wasn't a factor, but that his religion wasn't a factor. His non-Protestant religion, in other words.

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