In part 1, I quoted Article six of the U.S. Constitution. I pointed out that this section of the Constitution, along with the First Amendment, are the only two places that religion is referred to in the entire body of the document. I will now quote from the Bill of Rights, the section that references religion.
First Amendment- "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
There you have it. These two passages make it clear what role religion would play in the development of the new republic, and at no time do they contradict each other.
- Congress would not address the subject of religion in any way.
- There would be no religious test to hold public office. One need only swear allegiance to the Constitution
- Since religious freedom is considered a right that every American has, it cannot be taken away. In other words, creating and passing legislation that removes this right is not possible.
- Christian or Christianity.
It is amazing that many of todays Lawmakers wish to regulate public policy according to the faiths and beliefs of certain segments of American society. This completely ignores the obvious intentions of the Framers of the Constitution. Why would they make it the law of the land to require no religious test to hold public office, and then seek to Legislate by Doctrines found in certain faiths?
(See PT.3 in a future posting.)