Sunday, March 9, 2008

Mississippi Constitution (1817)

The Constitution of the State of Mississippi, stated:

"No person who denies the being of God or a future state of rewards and punishments shall hold any office in the civil department of the State."

Obviously that is no longer in force today, but it does indicate how our founders interpreted the First Amendment around the time of its writing. The First Amendment's establish clause was clearly intended as a restriction on the Federal Government, not the states.

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