In reading the book "A Companion To The United States Constitution And It's Amendments", I came across a court decision, Torasco v. Watkins from 1961, in which the Supreme Court decided in favor of Torasco, an appointee to the office of Notary Public by the governor of Maryland. He refused to declare a belief in God as required by the Maryland constitution. The Supreme Court held that the free exercise clause of the First Amendment extended the ban on religious tests in Article VI to the states, rendering any of the aforementioned state constitution requirements moot.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Thanks to Rob's Blog for posting some of the valuable information he has gleaned from his readings about the First Amendment. Here' a quote from a blog he posted on May 24th:
Posted by Bruce Prescott at 9:11 AM