Friday, September 25, 2015

Rush Limbaugh Doesn't Know Where In The Constitution It Says There's No Religious Test To Become President

So top tier Republican candidate, Ben Carson, got a wee bit of trouble the other day when he said he wouldn't support the idea of a Muslim becoming the president of the United States (insert "too late" joke here). As you would expect, a lot of people disagreed with that position, including,other Republican candidates such as Carly Fiorina. Here's what she said on Jimmy Fallon's show the other day:

FIORINA:  I think that's wrong.  You know, it says in our Constitution that religion cannot be a test for office.  I actually believe that people of faith make better leaders, whether they're Christians, whether it's a person of Christian faith or Jewish faith or Muslim faith or other faiths.  I think faith gives us humility and empathy and optimism and I think those are important things.

FALLON:  So you would be fine with that.

FIORINA:  Yes, I would be fine with that.

But as usual, there would be one person who would always be more than happy to support any extremist position a Republican can suggest. Enter prominent constitutional scholar, Rush Limbaugh:

RUSH:  Yeah, I don't know where it says in the Constitution that religion cannot be a test.  I don't know, I've not seen that.  I know she's talking about separation of church and state, but it seems to me that Ben Carson's right on this.  Hey, look, if you have a religious belief that makes the Constitution secondary or even third-rate status to your religious beliefs, sorry, bud, you're not wanted.  The oath of office is to defend and protect the Constitution, not to subordinate it.

So Rush cannot find where in the constitution it mentions this whole "no religious test" business. Allow me to offer my assistance. It's in this little area called Article VI, paragraph 3:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
Looks pretty clear to me. But I can see how such a minor detail escaped Rush. This is the same guy who got the constitution confused with the Declaration of Independence, after all.

Constitutional conservatives!

1 comment:

  1. America knows from the Sandra Fluke affair that Rush flunked sex ed class. Why would anyone expect him to pass American history?