"No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States" is found in Article 6 of the consitution. But watching the up and coming election, I'm not sure if this is operative anymore.
I just watched Harold Ford being interviewed on Fox News that he is a Jesus loving candidate. But in a democracy such as ours, how would his views on Jesus, either way, make, Ford more qualified for the senate seat in Tennessee?
Earlier this summer a republican candidate used his opponents membership in the UCC as an issue. In Oklahoma, another candidate's membership in the Presbyterian Church is being used. Since when did being a member of the mainline disqualify one for office?
And it's bound to happen to a potential presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is LDS, as his membership is disected. Has one's religious faith become a criteria for office? Atheists have already run into this in the past but it should raise alarm from all sides.