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- § 1.07 Rights of conscience; education; the necessity
of religion and knowledge (1851)
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All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship
Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience. No
person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place
of worship, or maintain any form of worship, against his consent;
and no preference shall be given, by law, to any religious
society; nor shall any interference with the rights of conscience
be permitted. No religious test shall be required, as a
qualification for office, nor shall any person be incompetent to
be a witness on account of his religious belief; but nothing
herein shall be construed to dispense with oaths and affirmations.
Religion, morality, and knowledge, however, being essential to
good government, it shall be the duty of the general assembly to
pass suitable laws to protect every religious denomination in the
peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship, and to
encourage schools and the means of instruction.
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