Indiana

INDIANA CONSTITUTION

Acknowledgment of God

Preamble.

To the end, that justice be established, public order maintained, and liberty perpetuated; we, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government, do ordain this Constitution.

Article I, section 1.

We declare, that all people are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that all power is inherent in the people; and that all free governments are, and of right ought to be, founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and well-being. For the advancement of these ends, the people have, at all times, an indefeasible right to alter and reform their government.

Religion Clauses

Article I, section 2.

All people shall be secured in the natural right to worship ALMIGHTY GOD, according to the dictates of their own consciences.

Article I, section 3.

No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.

Article I, section 4.

No preference shall be given, by law, to any creed, religious society, or mode of worship; and no person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support, any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry, against his consent.

Article I, section 5.

No religious test shall be required, as a qualification for any office of trust or profit.

Article I, section 6.

No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution.

Article I, section 7.

No person shall be rendered incompetent as a witness, in consequence of his opinions on matters of religion.

Article I, section 8.

The mode of administering an oath or affirmation, shall be such as may be most consistent with, and binding upon, the conscience of the person, to whom such oath or affirmation may be administered.

Article XII, section 4.

No person, conscientiously opposed to bearing arms, shall be compelled to do so in the militia.

Education

Article VIII, section 3.

The principal of the Common School fund shall remain a perpetual fund, which may be increased, but shall never be diminished; and the income thereof shall be inviolably appropriated to the support of Common Schools, and to no other purpose whatever.

Finance/Property Tax

Article X. section 1.

(a) The General Assembly shall provide, by law, for a uniform and equal rate of property assessment and taxation and shall prescribe regulations to secure a just valuation for taxation of all property, both real and personal. The General Assembly may exempt from property taxation any property in any of the following classes:

(1) Property being used for municipal, educational, literary, scientific, religious or charitable purposes . . . .