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Profile of Herb Silverman

By July 11, 2003

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Many atheists and freethinkers have heard of Herb Silverman. In 1990 he challenged South Carolina's constitutional requirement that all public office holders affirm the existence of a Supreme Being by running for governor. He lost that race, but later he applied to become a Notary Public. That application was denied because he was an atheist and, in 1997 the state Supreme Court agreed that Silverman's First Amendment rights were violated.

Now, Silverman is back teaching math. The Davis Enterprise has a profile of his work and quotes him as saying:

"I couldn't resist pointing out that the state considered me qualified to be a professor of mathematics at a public institution (the College of Charleston) but deemed me lacking enough ethical and moral standards for the office of notary public."

All atheists are lucky that there are individuals like Herb Silverman to stand up and fight for equal rights and religious freedom.

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