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Constitutional Revision Study Documents of the Constitutional Convention Commission, 1968
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CONSTITUTIONAL REVISION STUDY DOCUMENTS [DECLARATION OF RIGHTS] COMPARISON
Headnotes Present
Constitution
Constitution of
1867
Constitution of
1864
Constitution of
1851
Constitution of
1776
Amendments to
1776 Constitution

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

province," till the November
court of this present year,
to be held for the county
in which his parish shall lie,
or partly lie, or for such
time as he hath remained in
his parish and performed his
duty.

 
 

Prohibition of
religious test
for office
holders : re-
quirement of
belief in God;
prohibition of
additional oaths.

Art. 37. That no religious
test ought ever to be required
as a qualification for any
office of profit or trust in
this State, other than a dec-
laration of belief in the ex-
istence of God; nor shall the
Legislature prescribe any
other oath of office than the
oath prescribed by this Con-
stitution.

Art. 37. That no religious
test ought ever to be required
as a qualification for any
office of profit or trust in
this State, other than a dec-
laration of belief in the ex-
istence of God; nor shall the
Legislature prescribe any
other oath of office than the
oath prescribed by this Con-
stitution.

Art. 37. That no other
test or qualification ought to
be required on admission to
any office of trust or profit,
than such oath of allegiance
and fidelity to this State and
the United States, as may be
prescribed by this Constitu-
tion, and such oath of office
and qualification as may be
prescribed by this Constitu-
tion, or by the laws of the
State, and a declaration of
belief in the Christian re-
ligion; or in the existence of
God, and in a future state
of rewards and punishments.

Art. 34. That no other
test or qualification ought to
be required, on admission to
any office of trust or profit,
than such oath of office as
may be prescribed by this
Constitution, or by the laws
of the State, and a declara-
tion of belief in the Christian
religion; and if the party
shall profess to be a Jew, the
declaration shall be of his
belief in a future state of
rewards and punishments.

35. That no other test or
qualification ought to be re-
quired on admission to any
office of trust or profit, than
such oath of support and fi-
delity to this State, and such
oath of office as shall be di-
rected by this Convention or
the legislature of this State,
and a declaration of a belief
in the Christian religion.

 
 

Necessity for
legislative sanc-
tion of gifts in
support of reli-
gion except for
use as a place
of worship.
Waiver subse-
quent to 1948.

Art. 38. That every gift,
sale or devise of land to any
Minister, Public Teacher or
Preacher of the Gospel, as
such, or to any Religious
Sect, Order or Denomina-
tion, or to, or for the sup-
port, use or benefit of, or
in trust for, any Minister,
Public Teacher or Preacher
of the Gospel, as such, or
any Religious Sect, Order or
Denomination ; and every
gift or sale of goods, or chat-
tels, to go in succession, or
to take place after the death
of the Seller or Donor, to or
for such support, use or ben-
efit; and also every devise of
goods or chattels to or for the
support, use or benefit of any
Minister, Public Teacher or
Preacher of the Gospel, as
such, or any Religious Sect,
Order or Denomination,
without the prior or sub-
sequent sanction of the Leg-
islature, shall be void; except

Art. 38. That every gift,
sale or devise of land, to any
Minister, Public Teacher or
Preacher of the Gospel, as
such, or to any Religious
Sect, Order or Denomina-
tion, or to, or for the sup-
port, use or benefit of, or in
trust for, any Minister, Pub-
lic Teacher or Preacher of
the Gospel, as such, or any
Religious Sect, Order or De-
nomination; and every gift
or sale of goods, or chattels,
to go in succession, or to take
place after the death of the
Seller or Donor, to or for
such support, use or benefit;
and also every devise of
goods or chattels to or for
the support, use or benefit of
-any Minister, Public Teach-
er or Preacher of the Gospel,
as such, or any Religious
Sect, Order or Denomina-
tion, without the prior, or
subsequent, sanction of the
Legislature, shall be void;

Art. 38. That every gift,
sale or devise of land, to
any minister, public teacher
or preacher of the gospel,
as such, or to any religious
sect, order or denomination,
or to or for the support, use
or benefit of, or in trust for
any minister, public teacher
or preacher of the gospel as
such, or any religious sect,
order or denomination, and
-every gift or sale of goods
or chattels to go in succes-
sion, or to take place after
the death of the seller or
donor, to or for such support,
use or benefit; and, also,
every devise of goods or
chattels, to or for the sup-
port, use or benefit of any
minister, public teacher or
preacher of the gospel, as
such; or any religious sect,
order or denomination, with-
out the prior or subsequent
sanction of the Legislature,
shall be void; except always,

Art. 35. That every gift,
sale or devise of land, to any
minister, public teacher or
preacher of the gospel, as
such, or to any religious sect,
order or denomination, or to
or for the support, use or
benefit of, or in trust for any
minister, public teacher or
preacher of the gospel, as
such, or any religious sect,
order or denomination, and
every gift or sale of goods
or chattels to go in succes-
sion, or to take place after
the death of the seller or
donor, to or for such support,
use or benefit; and, also,
every devise of goods or cha't-
tels, to or for the support,
use or benefit of any min-
ister, public teacher or
preacher of the gospel, as
such; or any religious sect,
order or denomination, with-
out the leave of the Legis-
lature, shall be void; except
always, any sale, gift, lease

34. That every gift, sale,
or devise of lands to any
minister, public teacher or
preacher of the gospel, as
such, or to any religious
sect, order or denomination,
or to or for the support, use
or benefit of, or in trust for,
any minister, public teacher
or preacher of the gospel, as
such, or any religious sect,
order or denomination; and
every gifts of sale of goods or
chattels to go in succession,
or to take place after the
death of the seller or donor,
or to or for such support,
use or benefit ; and also every
devise of goods or chattels
to, or to or for the support,
use or benefit of any minister,
public teacher or preacher of
the gospel, as such, or any
religious sect, order or de-
nomination, without the
leave of the legislature, shall
be void; except always any
sale, gift, lease or devise of

Proposed by Act of 1809,
chapter 167. Ratified 1810.
It shall not be lawful for
the General Assembly of this
State to lay an equal and
general Tax, or any other
Tax, on the people of this
State, for the support of any
religion.

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