There's that little bit in the Constitution, written before the Bill of Rights by the way
Although eight states still have clauses or provisions in their state constitutions that say public officials must believe in a Supreme Being, they are no longer enforced."no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States".
Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961)Appellant was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the office of Notary Public, but he was denied a commission because he would not declare his belief in God, as required by the Maryland Constitution. Claiming that this requirement violated his rights under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, he sued in a state court to compel issuance of his commission, but relief was deniedmy emphasisWe repeat and again reaffirm that neither a State nor the Federal Government can constitutionally force a person "to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion." Neither can constitutionally pass laws or impose requirements which aid all religions as against nonbelievers, [Footnote 10] and neither can aid those religions based on a belief in the existence of God as against those religions founded on different beliefs. [Footnote 11]
In upholding the State's religious test for public office, the highest court of Maryland said:
"The petitioner is not compelled to believe or disbelieve, under threat of punishment or other compulsion. True, unless he makes the declaration of belief, he cannot hold public office in Maryland, but he is not compelled to hold office."
The fact, however, that a person is not compelled to hold public office cannot possibly be an excuse for barring him from office by state-imposed criteria forbidden by the Constitution.
“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
~ James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822
You can dance without a lawyer
So, you're not very different from Christians then...But, if all you wanted to do was celebrate family, friends, good will and joy, then why would you need a display designed to antagonize others? Is that "good will"?
Talk about needing to learn a lesson.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville