No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States. Religious neutrality is spelled out in Article VI, paragraph three of the U.S. Constitution.
Well, that's always been the theory. In practice, it would be easier for a camel hair rope to pass through the eye of a needle than to elect a professing agnostic or atheist as president of the United States.
Though President Barack Obama need only swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, politics compels him to occasionally shout his faith from the rooftops so that the nominal Christians who sit in judgment of him all day can be assured a Muslim doesn't reside in the White House.
Still, 18 percent of Americans believe Mr. Obama is a Muslim, according to a Pew Research Center poll taken last August. According to the same poll, 46 percent of Republicans believe Mr. Obama is a Muslim.
In other words, the president could eat a pork sandwich moments before undergoing full immersion baptism in the Rev. Billy Graham's pool, eat a box of Communion wafers, wash it down with grape juice during a gospel concert at St. Patrick's Cathedral and still have his faith questioned by nearly half of all Republicans.
"Obama Botches Bible Verse at Prayer Breakfast" screamed the Feb. 3 headline at Fox Nation.
Mr. Obama was criticized for using a translation of Isaiah 40:31 that began, "Those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles."
The biblical scholars at Fox Nation were outraged back then that Mr. Obama didn't use the Fox News Approved Version that goes: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles."
As though that weren't bad enough, that trickster Mr. Obama used an Easter week prayer breakfast at the White House this week to engage in reckless Muslim proselytizing disguised as Christian devotion:
"I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason," Mr. Obama said. "Because as busy as we are, as many tasks pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there's something about the resurrection -- something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything in perspective."
Before leading the ministers in a hajj to Mecca, Mr. Obama added the following: "But then comes Holy Week. The triumph of Palm Sunday. The humility of Jesus washing the disciples' feet. His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.
"And we're reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world -- past, present and future -- and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.
"In the words of the book [of] Isaiah: 'But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.'
"This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this 'Amazing Grace' calls me to reflect," the Muslim-in-chief said.
"And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I've not shown grace to others, those times that I've fallen short."
In the next breath, it sounds as if Mr. Obama is merely stumbling over the words of a speech he probably didn't write when, in fact, the biblically literate among us know that he's slyly announcing a destructive new doctrine:
"It calls me to praise God for the gift of our Son," he said before immediately correcting himself: "His Son and our Savior."
Does this Muslim president really think he can get away with calling Jesus "our son" and thereby equate himself -- and us -- with God, even if he briefly misspoke? Does he think we're that stupid?
Excuse me, but this is a Christian nation! We're trained to see through such heretical shilly-shallying. The Internet is already on fire with the president's latest conspiratorial move. It's worse than withholding a birth certificate!
Just wait until Mr. Obama has to debate "authentic" Christians like Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich about God and faith. It will be the last freak show before the Apocalypse comes.
Tony Norman: email@example.com or 412-263-1631.