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State Constitution (Religious Sections) - Alabama

Please note that we have excerpted only those sections dealing with religion
Research and editing by Jim Allison



     We, the people of the Stare of Alabama, in order to establish justice insure domestic tranquillity, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution and form of government for the State of Alabama.

      ARTICLE I--Declaration of Rights That the great, general, and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and established, we declare:

      Sec. 1. Inalienable rights. That all men are equally free and independent; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

      Sec. 3. Religious freedom That no religion shall be established by law; that no preference shall be given by law to any religious sect, society, denomination, or mode of worship; that no one shall be compelled by law to attend any place of worship; nor to pay any tithes, taxes, or other rate for building or repairing any place of worship, or for maintaining any minister or ministry; that no religious test shall be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state; and that the civil rights, privileges, and capacities of any citizen shall not be in any manner affected by his religious principles.

      ARTICLE IV--Legislative Department

      Sec. 73. Aid to charitable or educational institutions. No appropriation shall be made to any charitable or educational institution not under the absolute control of the state, other than normal schools established by law for the professional training of teachers for the public schools of the state, except by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house.

      Sec. 91. Exemptions from taxation. The legislature shall not tax the property, real or personal, of the state, counties, or other municipal corporations, or cemeteries; nor lots in incorporated cities and towns, or within one mile of any city or town to the extent of one acre, nor lots one mile or more distant from such cities or towns to the extent of five acres, with the buildings thereon, when same are used exclusively for religious worship, for schools, or the purposes purely charitable.

     ARTICLE XI Taxation

Sec. 217. [as amended in 325(i)] The following property shall be exempt from all ad valorem taxation, the real and personal property of the state, counties and municipalities and property devoted exclusively to religious, educational, or charitable purposes.

     ARTICLE XIV -- Education

     Sec. 263. Support of sectarian schools. No money raised for the support of the public schools shall be appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian or denominational school

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