Friday, June 4, 2010

Delaware Constitution Required Belief in God to Hold Office

Delaware was one of nine states that had constitutions of their own before the U.S. Constitution was written. For those who don't think faith was important to our Founders, or who think our Founders wanted to keep religion far away from government with some kind of high wall, consider this constitution.

If you wished to hold public office in Delaware in those days, you had to take this oath, found in Article 22 of that constitution:

"I, [name here], do profess faith in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed for evermore; and I do acknowledge the holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be given by divine inspiration."

(As found on the University of Chicago website:

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