The Constitution of the United States makes no mention of God and only two references to religion. The first reference is in the body: Article VI “[N]o religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The second reference is the first line of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” The state constitutions are far less restrained. While looking for voting rights in the state constitutions, I began to collect some interesting trivia from the freedom of religion clauses. The topic was interesting enough that I went back and collected the freedom of religion clauses from all fifty of the state constitutions (all fifty do include it in their enumeration of rights). This task was made easier by stumbling across Know Your Rights!, a site by Ken Lombardi where he has gathered all of the states’ bills of rights.

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