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 Constitution of North Carolina 1776

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Here, just like the previous three state constitutions North Carolina's requires any one serving in offices of trust to ascribe to some form of general but not denominational Christianity. Further, just as the other three this is not considered by them to be the establishment of one religion over another or an official religion of the state. One must remember that the representatives who were instrumental in writing these state constitutions were the same ones responsible for the federal one. To them these state constitutions were not a threat to personal liberty. On the contrary to their thinking, to the extent that a constitution could be an influence in their states they were viewed as as something that secured liberty. The newly formed federal government  however was regarded as something that could indeed grow into a threat to personal liberty. This is why it was specifically restricted in the first amendment from any interference whatsoever in the religious affairs of the people or any state. This then is the perversion that progressives have educated public school children with for the last half century. They have used the federal government, mostly the courts to completely control the public religious affairs of the states in absolute defiance of the federal constitution. This has been done with  specific goals in mind which in the end will result in the restriction of personal liberty and the expansion of government control over peoples lives.

XXXI. That no clergyman, or preacher of the gospels of any denomination, shall be capable of being a member of either the Senate, House of Commons, or Council of State, while he continues in the exercise of the pastoral function.

XXXII. That no person, who shall deny the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State.

XXXIV. That there shall be no establishment of any one religious church or denomination in this State, in preference to any other; neither shall any person, on any presence whatsoever, be compelled to attend any place of worship contrary to his own faith or judgment, nor be obliged to pay, for the purchase of any glebe, or the building of any house of worship, or for the maintenance of any minister or ministry, contrary to what he believes right, of has voluntarily and personally engaged to perform; but all persons shall be at liberty to exercise their own mode of worship: -- Provided, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to exempt preachers of treasonable or seditious discourses, from legal trial and punishment


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The Constitution of North Carolina 1776

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