Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A New Religious Test for the Surgeon General?

Dr. Mohler comments on the recent nomination of Dr. James Wilson Holsinger, Jr., to the position of Surgeon General of the United States. In this article, Mohler addresses why so many Democrats are opposing his nomination due to Dr. Holsinger’s past written opinions on homosexuality. Dr. Holsinger wrote these opinions in the context of church discipline and as a Christian.

In other words, his opponents are not directing their attention to his medical experience or qualifications, but to his beliefs and responsibilities as a Christian and a member of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church.

Mohler rightfully points out that, under the Constitution, there should be no religious litmus test for public office. Yet, that appears to be exactly what is going on. Article VI states the following:

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.

Where is this logic going in other areas of government?

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