Just for Sh*ts and giggles, i was reading through the constitution--yeah, someone actually does--and came across this little juicy bit of info...
All debts contracted and engagements entered into, before the adoption of this Constitution, shall be as valid against the United States under this Constitution, as under the Confederation.
This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
the area of my attention is the second paragraph. It says, expressly, that no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
Now, image for one second, what would happen if a newly elected Senator or Congress, or any other Government official requiring some measure of pomp and circumstance in their inaguration, would refuse to swear upon the Bible--or their own holy book, like it matters--upon taking their oath of office? Would them immidetly be stricken from the room, unable to take their elected--or aoopointed--office?
The point I'm trying to make, is that we already have a grevious breech of Church/State sepparation infesting our government. One that we're used to. They stopped the requirment of whitnesses swearing on Bibles in court, so why not for offices of government?
By the way, a discussion of Faith & politics is on CNN now. very interesting. John Edwards just said, on the record that his personal beliefs, and anyone elses, should not influence broad public policy!
Unfortunately, he was just asked if when he prays, how can he tell the difference between his voice, and the voice of God. Unsurprisingly, he only recounted his belief in prayer and its place in his day, but he didn't answer whether or not the voice he hears in his head is his conscience, or one of the other personalities intruding on his consciousness. interesting...