“…In world war II, six million they fried. But, the Germans now too have God on their side.” -B. Dylan-
Why anyone would want God on their side is a bit of a mystery when considering far more people have been killed in the name of God than Satan. Nevertheless, the U.S. Constitutional mandate for a separation of Church and State continues to be challenged in certain locales such as the following:
Arkansas, Article 19, Section 1:
No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court. (Is ‘miscegenation’ still on the books there as a criminal offense?)
Maryland, Article 37:
That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief in the existence of God; nor shall the Legislature prescribe any other oath of office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution.
(Wait what?!?!?!? No religious test ought ever be required… yet one is?!?!?)
Mississippi, Article 14, Section 265:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office in this state.
(Catch 22 for this one, people of Mississippi! Just say you believe yourself as to be the supreme being of your world… What could they say to that omission????)
North Carolina, Article 6, Section 8:
The following persons shall be disqualified for office: Any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.
South Carolina, Article 17, Section 4:
No person who denies the existence of a Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution.
Tennessee, Article 9, Section 2:
No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.
Texas, Article 1, Section 4:
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being.