Every copy of the U.S. Constitution that I’ve ever seen has had the following as part of Article VI section 3:
no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States
This clause is famous enough to have its own moniker, that being the “no religious test clause.” Oddly, however, the Justice Department under former A.G. Alberto Gonzales appears not to have known about its existence. The New York Times reports on Justice hirings based on prospect’s attitudes toward God and other religious notions (such as having to be anti-abortion):
In forwarding a résumé in 2006 from a lawyer who was working for the Federalist Society, [Gonzales deputy Monica] Goodling sent an e-mail message to the head of the Office of Legal Counsel, Steven Bradbury, saying: “Am attaching a résumé for a young, conservative female lawyer.” Ms. Goodling interviewed the woman and wrote in her notes such phrases as “pro-God in public life,” and “pro-marriage, anti-civil union.” The woman was eventually hired as a career prosecutor.
Gee, and here I thought that the Justice Department, which should be run by lawyers, would know that the Constitution doesn’t permit this sort of qualification. This revelation comes from the Justice Department itself, under the same presidential administration, so this report cannot easily be dismissed as “partisan” — since it’s not!
Just another example of how sufficiently-ardent Christians will stop at nothing to bend the country to their will — they’re willing to violate the explicit terms of the Constitution in Jesus’ name!Tags: alberto gonzales, justice department, monica goodling, religious test
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