Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Welcome to 21st century, Mr.Cramer

Clayton Cramer thinks there is a message here.

Well, Father's Manifesto seems to have some additional material for him - IF he is willing to accept that only Christians should be allowed to hold public office.

- Delaware, Article 22: "Every person, who shall be chosen amember of either house, or appointed to any office or place oftrust shall...make and subscribe the following declaration, towit: 'I, __________, do profess faith in God the Father, and inJesus Christ, His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God,blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scripturesof the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.'"

- Pennsylvania, Frame of Government, Section 10: "And each member[of the legislature] before he takes his seat, shall make andsubscribe the following declaration, viz: 'I do believe in oneGod, the creator and governour of the universe, the rewarder ofthe good and the punisher of the wicked, and I do acknowldedgethe scriptures of the Old and new Testament to be given by divineinspiration.'"

- Massachusetts, Chapter VI, Article I: "[All persons electedto State office or to the Legislature must] make andsubscribe the following declaration, viz. 'I, __________,do declare, that I believe the Christian religion, and havefirm persuasion of its truth.'"

- North Carolina, Article XXXII: "No person, who shall denythe being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, orthe divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, orwho shall hold religious principles incompatible with thefreedom and safety of the state, shall be capable of holdingany office, or place of trust or profit in the civildepartment, within this state."

- Maryland, Article XXXV: "That no other test or qualificationought to be required...than such oath of support and fidelityto this state...and a declaration of a belief in the Christianreligion."

- Vermont (1786), Frame of Government, Section 9: "And eachmember [of the legislature], before he takes his seat, shallmake and subscribe the following declaration, viz: 'I dobelieve in one God, the Creator and Governor of the universe,the rewarder of the good and punisher of the wicked. And I doacknowledge the scriptures of the old and new testament to begiven by divine inspiration, and own and profess the [Christian]religion.' And no further or other religious test shall ever,hereafter, be required of any civil officer or magistrate inthis State."

- Tennesee (1796), Article VIII, Section II: "No person who deniesthe being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments,shall hold any office in the civil department of this State."

So much for a conservative with libertarian sympathies!!

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