… no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
United States Constitution, Article VI
OK, I’m a little steamed. Apparently on June 4 CNN hosted a forum on “faith and values” and invited the 3 leading Democratic candidates to participate. While I didn’t watch the actual event, published reports of the questions asked suggest this was essentially a 21st century McCarthy-style loyalty oath ceremony, wherein each candidate was required (in the sense that McCarthy’s victims were required to swear an oath of allegiance or face black listing) to expound on how faith has helped them in their lives.
Since when has religious fervor become a requirement for being taken seriously as a candidate? Even if the majority of Americans want to see such an exposition, I have a problem with a prime time television show essentially condoning a religious litmus test for public office. The Framers feared this so much they wrote it directly into the core of the Constitution – it didn’t even have to wait for the Bill of Rights.
By posting this blog for some political operative to find in future, am I effectively foreclosing the opportunity to run for state-wide or national office?
OK, off of soap box for now. This is going to be an interesting (or incredibly depressing) election seasion…
For a longer article and analysis on this forum, see this link.