When We Choose A President, Should Religion Matter?

Commentary Inside the First Amendment By Charles C. Haynes First Amendment Center senior scholar

Like it or not, religion matters in presidential politics. But rarely in our history has it mattered so much as it does in the 2008 campaign.

Officially, of course, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States” — as set forth in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.

Unofficially, however, voters are free . . .

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