Washington Chaplains for State Penal and Reformatory Institutions, Amendment to Article I Sec. 11 (1904)

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Amendment 4, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution, was on the November 1904 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Election results

Amendment 4
Approveda Yes 17,058 60%

Amendment 4 amended to Article I, Section 11 of the Washington Constitution. It was the 4th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

It added these words to the constitution:

"Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state. No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise or instruction, or the support of any religious establishment. Provided, however, That this article shall not be so construed as to forbid the employment by the state of a chaplain for the state penitentiary, and for such of the state reformatories as in the discretion of the legislature may seem justified. No religious qualification shall be required for any public office or employment, nor shall any person be incompetent as a witness or juror, in consequence of his opinion on matters of religion, nor be questioned in any court of justice touching his religious belief to affect the weight of his testimony."

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Proposed amendment to Section Eleven (11) of Article One (1) of the Constitution, giving the Legislature of the State of Washington the power of employing chaplains for state penal and reformatory institutions.

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