Dec 13 2007
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

First Amendment of the United States Constitution

King George II ask; "What's

King George II ask; "What's a Constitution?"

As an independent, I've been looking at all those who use the Constitution as their guide. To that end, anybody know why Kucinich wasn't at the debate today? Is he Ku-finished?

DK does not have a formal

DK does not have a formal campaign "organization" in Iowa (neither does Gravel) and they used that as one of the criteria.

ARTICLE VI. Paragraph 3... no religious test shall ever be

And to list completely the direct references to religion in our constitution, ARTICLE VI. Paragraph 3 says,

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.

Images of the full constitution can be found at: (link...)
Trivia question, there are two "components" in the constitution which can be construed to be christian. What are they?

Forrest Erickson

And from the Tennessee

And from the Tennessee Constitution, Article IX, Section 1:

Ineligibility of ministers and priests to seats in legislature.

Whereas Ministers of the Gospel are by their profession, dedicated to God and the care of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their functions; therefore, no Minister of the Gospel, or priest of any denomination whatever, shall be eligible to a seat in either House of the Legislature.

(Embarrassed to admit I don't know the answer to the trivia question. I'll be interested to learn what they are.)

However, let's read section 2

Section 2. No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of re-wards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this state.

AKA- Traditional Quakers need not apply.

I'll be interested to learn what they are.

Glad you asked.

Article 1, section 7, gives the president 10 days to veto a bill he does not like and an extra day to veto a bill if the tenth day falls on Sunday.

On the Wiki images,
on the last of the four pages and above the signatures, you can see the date on which the constitution was signed. It reads "Seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven" and it is a christian dating convention.

It is interesting to consider the question, how else could the date have been written?

Forrest Erickson

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