Sunday, January 6, 2008

North Carolina Constitution

North Carolina's constitution, Article XXXII stated: "That no person who shall deny the being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or prifit in the civil department within this State."

This particular provision was in force until 1876. Clearly the First Amendment did not automatically prohibit this type of restriction. No state would do such a thing today, but the point is that the First Amendment did not venture here.

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