We like our first amendment, but we also hate it. We want Christianity to be the official religion of the United States, but the Constitution won’t have it. We want a requirement for presidency to be “You are a Christian,” and when rumors went around that Barack Obama was Muslim, things got rough.
In 30 countries around the globe, the head-of-state is required to have a certain religious affiliation.
Christian: Andorra, Lebanon
Buddhist: Bhutan, Thailand
Not Clergy: Bolivia, Murma, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexio, Nicaragua, Venezuela
Muslim: Afghanistan, Algeria, Brunel, Iran, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Moracco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
The Lebanon prime minister must also be a Muslim
Pancasila is a summation of “Common cultural elements” of Indonesia, including belief in God
There are also 19 countries where there are other religious requirements for ceremonial monarchies (where a monarch is head of state).
All that to say, I’m proud to be an American…
…and I will never rule Thailand.