Monday, January 5, 2009

Georgia Constitution - Protection and Guidance of Almighty God

The Constitution of Georgia has, as do other state Constitutions, a strong statement about a respect for God. Georgia also provides for using state funds for religious organizations (to help the poor).

To perpetuate the principles of free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the interest and happiness of the citizen and of the family, and transmit to posterity the enjoyment of liberty, we the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

Section I, Paragraph III.
Freedom of conscience. Each person has the natural and inalienable right to worship God, each according to the dictates of that person´s own conscience; and no human authority should, in any case, control or interfere with such right of conscience.

Section I, Paragraph IV.
Religious opinions; freedom of religion. No inhabitant of this state shall be molested in person or property or be prohibited from holding any public office or trust on account of religious opinions; but the right of freedom of religion shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state.

Article III., Section IX., Paragraph IV.
(d) Funds appropriated to or received by the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless... may be expended for programs of purely public charity for the homeless, including programs involving the participation of churches and religious institutions...

See the entire Georgia Constitution

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