No Religious Test
One of the books I am reading is FREETHINKERS: A History of American Secularism by Susan Jacoby. A passage that particularly struck me in the light of current events follows:
But the secularism of the Constitution did produce substantial controversy during the ratification debates conducted by state conventions. The framers were denounced by religious traditionalists both for the Constitutionâ€™s ban on religious tests for public office and for its failure to acknowledge God as the ultimate governmental authority. The opposition to article 6 frequently took an anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic tone. At the Massachusetts convention, one speaker warned that unless the chief executive was required to take a religious oath, â€œa Turk, a Jew, a Roman Catholic, and what is worse than all, a Universalist, may be President of the United States.â€ In the New York Daily Advertiser, a writer noted that since the president was designated commander in chief of the armed forces, â€œshould he thereafter be a Jew our dear posterity may be ordered to rebuild Jerusalem.â€
Rather than retyping this paragraph from p. 29, I ran a search and found it (and more) online HERE.Click here for reuse options!
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