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Church and state: The court prohibits religious tests for office

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, as part of their commitment to separating church from state, unanimously adopted a clause in Article VI, declaring that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

In their adoption of the oath clause, the Framers demonstrated a liberality of spirit because all of delegates, except...