Constitution Check Anyone?

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  1. Paul Wingert profile image75
    Paul Wingertposted 4 years ago

    When passing a law, wouldn't it make sense to check it's legality before submitting it? Right wing idiots do it all the time, especially around election time. As for the following states, did these nonsense and somehow slip through the cracks when no one was looking or are these state government plain mentally challenged? As for the southern states, I really do believe they have morons running the joint. I do have a problem of people running our government that believe in talking snakes.

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    1. Paul Wingert profile image75
      Paul Wingertposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      CORRECTION: These laws are 200 years old and the U.S. Constitution allows for an affirmation instead of an oath in order to accommodate atheists and others in court or seeking to hold public office.[46][49] In 1961, the United States Supreme Court explicitly overturned the Maryland provision in the Torcaso v. Watkins decision, holding that laws requiring "a belief in the existence of God" in order to hold public office violated freedom of religion provided for by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.[46][50][51] This decision is generally understood to also apply to witness oaths.

      1. wilderness profile image97
        wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        The 1961 case is interesting because there is nothing in the Constitution, and specifically the first amendment, to prevent states from setting up a state religion that everyone must attend.  Only the federal government is banned from such action.

        1. Credence2 profile image80
          Credence2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Then there is a problem  under the concept of the first amendment, states cannot set up some religious litmus test to keep otherwise eligible candidates from holding office. If it not expressly provided in the constitution as applicable to the states, I say that in view of the principle involved that it is strongly implied.

          1. wilderness profile image97
            wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            That principle was originally included because the individual states of the union didn't want other states interfering in their religion.  The reasoning, then, does not include forbidding a state run religion, although court decisions have seen fit to turn their head and cough a bit when handing down decisions contrary to the constitution. 

            A good thing they have, too, or we could well have more than a handful of states being run by various religions and trying to force their ideas on other states.

            1. Credence2 profile image80
              Credence2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Yes, indeed. But, I would be more concerned about the state interfering in my choice of religion or lack thereof as an individual.

              1. wilderness profile image97
                wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                Agree 100%.  This might be the ONLY place I support ignoring the constitution, but if that's what it takes to keep government and religion separate, so be it.

 
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