New Hampshire and Religion

The dominant religion in New Hampshire during the 1780’s was Protestant. New Hampshire didn’t have many laws against religious freedoms of its citizens expect when electing people to office such as the senate and House of Representatives. The New Hampshire constitution only had two amendments stating religious rights.

(St. Mary’s Church)

Amendments V and VI of the New Hampshire constitution are the only amendments that directly mention religious rights and rules regarding religion within the New Hampshire society. Article V of the New Hampshire constitution gives the right to worship god to every citizen and recognizes the religious rights of its citizens. Article V states that it is illegal for an individual disturb people during religious worship and a person is protected with those rights provided that he does break those laws. Article V is a very important amendment due to the restrictions of who can run for government. Article V states that every senator and representative must be protestant to hold and run for office. Article VI states that parishes and religious societies have the right to elect their own leaders and contribute to that society freely, but no person should be forced to pay or support those religious societies.

New Hampshire’s constitution at the time was very lenient with religious freedoms besides the amendment only allowing people of protestant religion to run and hold office. The reason behind this amendment was that the protestant religion was the majority in New Hampshire.

 

Bibliography

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“NH.gov – The Official Web Site of New Hampshire State Government – State Constitution, Bill of Rights.” NH.gov – The Official Web Site of New Hampshire State Government – State Constitution, Bill of Rights. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://www.nh.gov/constitution/billofrights.html>.

 

“NH.gov – The Official Web Site of New Hampshire State Government – State Constitution.” NH.gov – The Official Web Site of New Hampshire State Government – State Constitution. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://www.nh.gov/constitution/constitution.html>.

 

“Religion in the Original 13 Colonies – Under God in the Pledge – ProCon.org.”Religion in the Original 13 Colonies – Under God in the Pledge – ProCon.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://undergod.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=69>.

 

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