Con Law Pop quiz. Can I be rejected for a public office solely based on putting this statement in the "Activities" section of my resume?
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
However, if you leave it at that, you are likely to fail the exam. That's because the Constitution has a specific provision that prohibits the government from employing a "Religious Test" when screening applicants for public office. Article VI Paragraph 3 says:
...no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
That means that you can't deny someone an office simply because they don't adhere your particular religious views.
Yet Commissioner Louis Araneta referred to this section of Christopher Gleason's resume when he voted not to allow Gleason to proceed as a candidate for the Independent Redistricting Commission. Gleason was rejected for the position because his religious views didn't line up with those of the Commission. That's a classic religious test for a public office.
We knew that the Redistricting process was going to end in court. Now it looks like it's going to start in court.