There Is Some Real Confusion Out There If This Is Considered A Religious Test
The Constitution prohibits religious tests as a requirement for being a federal officeholder. But in what universe does this constitute a religious test?
The Founders were religious men. In fact, approximatley half of them received some sort of divinity school training.
If you read their writings, study their speeches and observe their actions, their Christian faith is undeniable.
Patrick Henry said, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."
Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Whoever shall introduce into public affiars the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world."
George Washington, calling for a National Day of Thanksgiving, said, "it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor."
But their faith wasn't evident just in what they said, but also in what they did.
The Founders prayed daily as they wrestled with the reality of fighting for their Independence from Britain. In fact, the very first act of the Continental Congress was a call for prayer.
Our Founders and early leaders called for a national days of prayer and fasting.
They ordered 20,000 Bibles for the troops during the American Revolution.
They empolyed Christian chaplains.
Yet they didn't believe any of this was in conflict with some of their other fundamental concepts.
It didn't conflict with their view that there should be no state religion or church.
It didn't conflict with the free exercise of religion.
And it didn't conflict with their belief that no religious test should be given to federal officeholders.
But today's Democrat Party leaders apparently do see a conflict in these core principles.
In fact, from their convoluted viewpoint, asking witnesses to utter the words "so help me God" in an oath prior to their testimony constitutes a "religious test," which is absolutely ridiculous.
The Founders never saw any conflict on these sorts of matters, so why should we see one today?
Simple answer: we shouldn't.
Of course, expecting the Democrat Party leaders to be on the same page as the Founders is quite a stretch.