LETTERS TO THE EDITOR|
Roy Moore and separation of church and state
THE DECATUR DAILY:
Thank you for printing the May 28 article from James L. Evans. Like an oasis in the desert, it was a welcome contrast to the distortions of ex-Judge Roy Moore.
The Founding Fathers commanded "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States" (Art. 6., Sec. 3.). If Roy Moore were required, by the official who swore Judge Moore into office, to declare an oath which included a religious test, such as "so help me God," that official was in violation of the Constitution, which a judge sworn to uphold the Constitution should have known. What part of "no religious test . . . to any office" does Judge Moore not understand?
The words "so help me God" are not in the oath or affirmation required by the Constitution (Art. 2., Sec. 1. (8).) and should never be required as a part of any swearing in ceremony for "any office or public trust under the United States." What part of "any office or public trust under the United States" does Roy Moore not understand?
The Supreme Court properly ruled government-required prayer (Engel) and government-required Bible reading (Abington) unconstitutional. In America, religion is not the business of government and is not to be required or established by law or Congress or government at any level (thanks to the Fourteenth Amendment), whether national, state, city, or school board.
Here is a quote from the "Father of the Constitution," which ex-Judge Moore, in his distorted writings and speeches, never uses: "Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history" (James Madison, William and Mary Quarterly, 1946, 3:555). Case closed.
Gene Garman, Secretary
The Interfaith Alliance of Southeast Kansas