[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.Happy Constitution Day!
Friday, September 16, 2016
Happy Constitution Day!
Tomorrow is Constitution Day-- the 229th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention. In many cities the event was celebrated today instead of on the weekend. Of course the primary protections for religious liberty were not part of the document as signed in 1787, but instead were part of the First Amendment-- ratified two years later in 1789. However the original body of the Constitution did contain some protection for religious liberty and religious pluralism through the provision in Article VI: