I’m sure someone has made the point I’m about to make, but I haven’t seen it, so: in Sam Harris’s recent op-ed about President Obama’s choice of Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health, he makes it very clear that his only objection to Collins is the man’s religious beliefs. “Dr. Collins’s credentials are impeccable: he is a physical chemist, a medical geneticist and the former head of the Human Genome Project.” Yet the U. S. Constitution says that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” So the Constitution would have to be amended before decisions of this kind could be made on the grounds that Harris wants to employ. Harris would be happy with such an amendment, of course.
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