Only one state in the fifty United States provides specifically [see Utah State Constitution, Article 1 - Declaration of Rights, Section 4] that no discrimination may flow on account of religious belief "or the absence thereof," and it is not any of the blue states from coast to coast thought to harbor large populations of "secular humanists." It is Utah, once denied membership in the federal union because of an alleged failure to separate its politics from the control of the Mormon Church. Historically the most persecuted of all religious groups in the United States, Mormons in Utah recognize that religious conviction or the lack thereof are not per se evidence of ability to handle state affairs wisely. They are, of course, echoing Roger Williams who is still way ahead of most Americans in taking religion seriously, too seriously to confuse it with affairs of state.
Kramnick and Moore are right to single Utah out from among the fifty United States as having a unique State Constitution. But there is another part of the Utah State Constitution that is also worth noting where the actual oath for state officeholders is spelled out. [See Article IV, Section 10 - Oath of Office.]
All officers made elective or appointive by this Constitution or by the laws made in pursuance thereof, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this State, and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.["]
From the very early days of the Mormon Church [officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints] critics have pointed out that Mormons, despite avowals to the contrary, have many times failed "to separate its politics from the control of the Mormon Church." Nonetheless, when it comes to the current administration of the oath of office for the governor of the state actual protocol precisely adheres to both the godless United States Constitution and the Utah State Constitution. Check out the latest instance where on August 1, 2009 appointed governor Gary Richard Herbert was sworn in by Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine Durham as the 17th Utah Governor. See Huntsman resigns governor's office; Herbert sworn in, and then view the YouTube video, Gary Herbert Sworn in as Governor of Utah. Note, Governor Herbert does not add the non-constitutional phrase "So help me God."