Remember the words of the Constitution


Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 8, 2006 at 9:50 p.m.
To start the New Year, with Supreme Court selections and the place of church and state at the top of the news, it might be worthwhile to quote the last two of the three sentences of Article 6, the final article, of the Constitution. The first sentence is omitted here as it has to do with accepting valid debts of 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, any Thing 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."
I fear that some of my fellow citizens, as well as some legislators and high officials, regularly assert some other Supreme Law and violate this Constitution and their office by making religious tests in appointments or confirmation. I pray they do not.
Svenn Lindskold, Bell

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