No infidels need apply

At the University of South Carolina, the board of trustees is charged with oversight of the president, reports via Critical Mass. That includes an unusual and surely unconstitutional requirement:

SECTION 59-117-100. President shall not be atheist or infidel.

The board of trustees shall take care that the president of the University shall not be an atheist or infidel.

Harris Pastides, the president of USC, reportedly is Greek Orthodox. At one time, that would have made him an infidel in South Carolina but times have chaged.

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  1. He may once have been considered a heretic in South Carolina, but not an infidel.

  2. Ah, no. Greek Orthodox would definitely be non-Infidel. Good heavens.

  3. The last established church in South Carolina was the Episcopal Church of South Carolina. I don’t think that a member of an Orthodox church would ever have been considered an infidel by them. I doubt that the subject came up very much in the Carolinas in the 1780’s, though.

  4. My dictionary says of “infidel”: a person who does not believe in religion or who adheres to a religion other than one’s own.

    So, nearly anyone could be considered an “infidel” by some…

  5. For Christians, the term “infidels” traditionally meant adherents of a religion other than Christianity (usually Jews, but also Muslims), with the key distinction often being baptism. Adherents of non-Abrahamic religions were usually called pagans or heathens (although they are also infidels).

  6. Article VI, paragraph 3 of the Constitution of the United States is relevant to this.