Ted Cruz says Excluding Muslims from Office is Unconstitutional

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), in responding to the comments concerning Ben Carson with regards to him not supporting a Muslim for president, claims that it is unconstitutional to exclude a Muslim from the presidency.

“You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist,” the Texas senator said during the taping of “Iowa Press” at Iowa Public Television.

Specifically, Cruz was responding to Carson’s statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where he said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

However, is Cruz right in his assertion of Article VI?

Article VI reads:

“…no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

Now, most people claim the Constitution is the “law of the land,” but the reality is that the Constitution only applies to the federal government…

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