Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fact of the Day: Liberty To Serve and Have No Faith

While the American Constitution is well known for granting the freedom of religion, several state constitutions attempted to oppress different viewpoints. Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas all feature text which prohibit non-believers from serving in a public office. In the 1961 case Torcaso v. Watkins, the Supreme Court ruled these state constitution rules to be unconstitutional (e.g. no religious tests for public office), and could no longer be enforced.

After the case Justice Hugo Black had these words to say:

"We repeat and again reaffirm that neither a State nor the Federal Government can constitutionally force a person "to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion." Neither can constitutionally pass laws or impose requirements which aid all religions as against non-believers, and neither can aid those religions based on a belief in the existence of God as against those religions founded on different beliefs."

13 comments:

  1. Wow I can't believe that this wasn't even really that long ago. Crazy isn't it?

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  2. Hard to believe sometimes the things that have gone on. There should be freedom of religion and freedom FROM religion.

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  3. Some of our politicians should review this part of the constitution and Black's remarks on his ruling ~ especially those candidates running for president. They should also check out evidence for the fact that the Earth is more than 6,000 years old! Take care, Adam!

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  4. Too bad they don't seem to stick to it

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  5. Religion and power...always together. Kisses, Adam:)

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  6. Totally blew me away! This is scary actually.

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  7. I didn't know that ! The situation with religion is getting tense in France too. We have more and more religious lobbies trying to force their ideas.

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