Krista - posted on 07/15/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
I'm very curious about this. The United States Constitution says, "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
From what I have seen of a lot of conservative people, they are pretty strict originalists when it comes to the Constitution, and believe that it is unchanging, unchangeable, and that it contains the values for the entire nation.
So why is it okay for certain states to institute their own religious tests?
Eight states (Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, (Article XIV, Section 265), Pennsylvania (Article 1 Section 4), North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) do include language in their Bill of Rights, Declaration of Rights, or in the body of their constitutions that requires state office-holders to have particular religious beliefs; while one state (Pennsylvania) specifically protects office-holders with religious belief, remaining silent on whether those without such beliefs are also protected
Why are these states allowed to violate their own country's constitution? Do you feel that they are right in doing so? Should they be allowed to do so? And if so, how do you reconcile these states' actions with the U.S. Constitution's own words?