Religious tests for office?

By Nathan Barton

An infamous Hollywood celebrity (whom I refuse to name) has stated that if you do not believe in manmade global warming (climate change) you should not be allowed to hold public office, as reported by CNS News. Since this was done at a government-sponsored event, on the South Lawn of the White Hose, and the squatter there at 1600 did not object or contradict him, we have every reason to assume that this is now FedGov policy, whether implemented or not.

This is a direct, explicit violation of the No Religious Test Clause of the United States Constitution. As Wikipedia writes, it “is a clause within Article VI, Clause 3. By its plain terms, no federal office holder or employee can be required to adhere to or accept any particular religion or doctrine as a prerequisite to holding a federal office or a federal government job. It immediately follows a clause requiring all federal and state officers to take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution.”

The Constitution reads: “but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” Pretty clear.

It is of course ALSO therefore a direct violation of the squatter’s oath (and that of every other federal and state officer present at the event) to fail to take action to correct this statement and make it clear that not only is that NOT FedGov policy, but a criminal act if attempted.

That is, of course, because the belief in manmade climate change or global warming IS a religious doctrine. What this Hollywood lout is promoting is a religious test: if you do not believe this doctrine, if you do not adhere to the concept which is at best a “scientific” opinion or theory, you are unqualified to hold elected office.

One more proof that the Constitution is a dead letter.

But far from the only proof, even in this limited realm of political (and religious) thought.

Consider belief in the doctrine of (macro) evolution: the concept that living organisms evolved from non-living matter, and then evolved into totally different creatures of many different sorts, from one-celled viruses and bacteria and such to all kinds of plants and animals and fish and what not.

If you do not believe and publicly state that you so believe in the Darwinian Theory of Evolution or something very close to it, good luck if you want to get a job in any of the following fields and institutions:
(1) teaching geology or biology at any public university and most private universities in the Fifty States (all of whom receive public funds, and therefore, positions in which are positions of “public trust”).
(2) a civil service appointment to many positions in any number of federal agencies, including the United States Geologic Survey, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, to name a few.
(3) many teaching positions for teaching science in high schools and even middle schools (government-run, tax-funded schools), again all of which receive public (federal/state) money.

Once again, as a century of argument and squabbling, debate and political and educational wrangling has demonstrated, belief in evolution is a religious doctrine, regardless of the claims of “science” associated with it.

Mama’s Note: There are a number of theories around. None have been proven to everyone’s satisfaction, and never will be. Evolution (as promoted by most) is no more proven than is creationism, which also has many versions. And no, the “bible” is not any kind of proof. That’s what makes fanatic belief in any of them a religious thing. Same with the belief of so many that non-voluntary government has any legitimate authority over them and everyone else.

What is even more noteworthy is that in our “democracy” where supposedly the people rule, survey after survey, poll after poll, state that a majority of Americans do NOT believe in either manmade global warming or evolution. On the one, this is very recently stated by a Pew poll, as discussed in another article by CNS News. But even if that were NOT the case, the religious test clause and the First Amendment to the US Constitution would make such religious tests, whether it is a GS-3 summer Park Ranger hiring or electing POTUS or appointing someone to SCOTUS, illegal.

Mama’s Note: Those who judge life’s basic things by the opinion polls, or the “news,” or their fantasies about the weather, etc… are most to be pitied. Seems to me that the problem isn’t with any “religious test,” but with the tolerance of “public office” at all. Get rid of the parasites, regardless of their religion.

But in typical fashion, neither the Hollywood hottie nor the tyrant in DC care about the truth, democracy, or liberty, any more than they do about the Constitution.

Mama’s Note: Well… I don’t care in the least about “democracy” or the constitution. I do care very much about truth and individual liberty. I’m not sure I want to hear anything about any of it from a “Hollywood hottie,” much less the tyrant in Mordor on the Potomac.

Which isn’t going to change without drastic measures, almost certainly leading to widespread bloodshed, destruction, and collapse. Are religious doctrines – whether so-called “standard” Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, or those of modern “science worship” (of which both climate change and evolution are examples) – worth destruction, mayhem, and death? Apparently that is something that these (and many others, including many of their opponents on these matters) DO believe in.

An aside from Debby: if we ARE to have religious tests for positions of trust how about a religious test for voters: if they demonstrate any faith in politicians or government bureaucrats (such as believing what they say), they should not be allowed to vote! Of course, with people like this Hollywood celeb, just deciding that he should be above the mental age of 18 might be a good way to determine if he can vote, let alone speak at government functions!

Mama’s Note: Debby is Nathan’s wife. I hope she will speak up more often!

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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1 Response to Religious tests for office?

  1. Darkwing says:

    North Carolina constitution states that you must swear to the fact that there is an almighty G-D. It was struck down by the SC


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