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You raise an interesting point, but your premise is incomplete and understanding of the issue regarding "religious test for public office" has to do with federal and state laws that "expressly prohibited individuals who do not believe in God, from holding public office".

You cited Article VI, Paragraph 3 of the U.S. Constitution and the case of Torcaso v. Watson, 367 U.S. 488 (1961) to support your assertion.

The issue SCOTUS had to address in Torcaso was whether or not Torcaso (an atheist) was required by state law to declare an oath invoking God in order to take (and keep) his appointed public position as a notary; and by doing so, would compel Torcaso to declare a belief in the existence of God.

The Court's unanimous decision found that the state of Maryland's requirement- for a person holding public office, to state a belief in God, violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

The Court did not base its holding on the "no religious test" clause of Article VI. In Footnote 1 of the opinion Justice Black wrote:

"Appellant also claimed that the State's test oath requirement violates the provision of Article VI of the Federal Constitution that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." Because we are reversing the judgment on other grounds, we find it unnecessary to consider appellant's contention that this provision applies to state as well as federal offices."

The question on the "no religious test" clause remains unresolved- given the Court's First (& 14th) Amendment holding.

So, do you think that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky is weighing in on the issue that (Kim) Davis is allowed to have religious beliefs at home? And that she's allowed to have religious beliefs in her personal life? BUT she also has a constitutional obligation as a public official, to carry out the law(s) she took an oath (under God) to uphold?

By not fulfilling her oath, is she then committing a sin of lying? (The Bible is clear that lying is a sin and is displeasing to God.) Jesus called Himself the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), and He expects those who follow Him to be people of truth.

Colossians 3:9 says, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” Lying is listed in 1 Timothy 1:9-11 as something practiced by the lawless.

...And who is the ancient deceiver and liar of all humanity?

So tell me, what argument would you present to the District Court, if you were Davis' attorney?

"In the Light; For the Light; Be the Light!"