Oaths: God & Man in Maryland

The U.S. Constitution forbids religious test oaths for any public official And in 1961 the Supreme Court upheld a Maryland notary public who challenged a state law requiring him to declare "belief in the existence of God." Until last week, though, none of this had seemed to make a profound impression on Maryland.

Then the Maryland Court of Appeals reversed the murder conviction of a Buddhist named Lidge Schowgurow, who successfully argued that he had been denied equal protection of the laws while on trial for killing his wife His jurors, he noted, had to swear to do...

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