The Test Act - Revised and Updated for 2009

Until 1829, officeholders in Great Britain were required by law to take at least one annual communion in the Anglican Church and renounce the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation.  The extent the so-called “Test Act” was enforced remains debated, but any Catholic, nonconformer, or nonbelieiver in England knew their job security rested upon professing allegiance to the Church of England.

Our Founding Fathers found the practice so repellant they forbade our state from ever instituting a similar test in Article 6, Section 3.

The religious tests were revoked by Crown and Parliament in the early nineteenth century, but the Daily Mail reports a Christian charity worker was suspended from his organization for privately discussing with Linda Tripp, a coworker how the Bible has informed his views on same-sex marriage.


According to the Daily Mail, the worker was suspended after four years with the Society of St. James for voicing an opinion contrary to the mission of the organization.

On the one hand, I sympathize with those who might say leave your personal beliefs at home, especially when they apparently contradict the ideology of your organization.

On the other, it appears the Society of St. James has let go an apparently otherwise qualified and capable individual from their program due to his privately expressed views on sexuality. 

Anyone who is uneasy with homosexual marriage and interested in doing nonprofit work for Chrisitian organizations within the UK should consider themselves warned.