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Revised Code of the Public General Laws, 1879
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DECLARATION OF RIGHTS.

 

ought any person to be compelled to frequent, or maintain, or contribute, unless

 

on contract, to maintain, any place of worship, or any ministry, nor shall any

Witnesses

person, otherwise competent, be deemed incompetent as a witness or juror, on

 

account of his religious belief; provided, he believes in the existence of God,

 

and that under His dispensation such person will be held morally accountable

 

for his acts, and be rewarded or punished therefor either in this world or the

 

world to come

Oath of office

ART 37 That no religious test ought ever to be required as a qualification

 

for any office of profit or trust in this State, other than a declaration of belief

 

in the existence of God, nor shall the legislature prescribe any other oath of

 

office than the oath prescribed by this Constitution

Disqualification

ART 38. That every gift, sale, or devise of land, to any minister, public

of ministers and
religious bodies

teacher or preacher of the Gospel, as such, or to any religious sect, order or de-

from holding

nomination, or to, or for the support, use or benefit of, or in trust for, any

certain prop-
erty

minister, public teacher, or preacher of the Gospel, as such, or any religious

 

sect, order, or denomination; and every gift or sale of goods, or chattels, to

 

go in succession, or to take place after the death of the seller or donor, to or

 

for such support, use, or benefit, and also every devise of goods or chattels to

 

or for the support, use, or benefit of any minister, public teacher, or preacher

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Md 339, 3 Md

of the Gospel, as such, or any religious sect, order, or denomination, without

119, 1 Bl 629.

the prior or subsequent sanction of the legislature, shall be void; except

 

always, any sale, gift, lease, or devise of any quantity of land, not exceeding

 

five acres, for a church, meeting-house, or other house of worship or parsonage,

 

or for a burying-ground, which shall be improved, enjoyed, or used only for

 

such purpose; or such sale, gift, lease, or devise shall be void.

Administering

ART. 39 That the manner of administering an oath 01 affirmation to any

oaths

person, ought to be such as those of the religious persuasion, profession, or de-

 

nomination, of which he is a member, generally esteem the most effectual con-

 

firmation by the attestation of the Divine Being.

Liberty of the

ART 40. That the liberty of the press ought to be inviolably preserved;

press

that every citizen of the State ought to be allowed to speak, write, and publish

 

his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that privilege.

Monopolies.

ART 41 That monopolies are odious, contrary to the spirit of a free govern-

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ment and the principles of commerce, and ought not to be suffered.

Titles of
nobility.

ART. 42 That no title of nobility or hereditary honors ought to be granted
in this State.

Duties of the

ART 43 That the legislature ought to encourage the diffusion of knowledge

legislature.

and virtue, the extension of a judicious system of general education, the pro-

 

motion of literature, the arts, sciences, agriculture, commerce, and manufac-

 

tures, and the general melioration of the condition of the people

Constitutions
apply in war

ART. 44. That the provisions of the Constitution of the United States, and of

and peace.

this State, apply, as well in time of war as in time of peace; and any depart-

 

ure therefrom, or violation thereof, under the plea of necessity, or any other

 

plea, is subversive of good government, and tends to anarchy and despotism.

Bights retained
by the people

ART 45 This enumeration of rights shall not be construed to impair or deny

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others retained by the people.



 
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