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Say What? "Leave religion off the table"

October 18, 2011 by Holly Munson


(Wikimedia Commons photo)

Editor's Note: For the past 200-plus years, we the people have had a lot to say about the Constitution. In each installment of “Say What?” we offer a quick quote--be it wise, quirky, or otherwise memorable--from past or present conversation related to our favorite founding document.



"As far as I'm concerned, let's stick to the big issues that really matter and leave religion off the table. Last time I looked, that wasn't a prerequisite or a requirement for the presidency."

Who Said It

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, in an interview with Wolf Blizter

The Story

Jon Huntsman (Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this month, an evangelical pastor introducing presidential candidate Rick Perry at an event claimed that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (whose members are often called Mormons) is a cult. Both Huntsman and Mitt Romney, who are members of the Mormon faith, were asked to respond to the pastor's comments. Huntsman's statement was accurate--in the Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3, it says that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."

Holly Munson works in Public Programs at the National Constitution Center.

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