Herb Silverman Argues that South Carolina State Constitution Shouldn't Require Belief in God for Public Office

Herb Silverman Argues that South Carolina State Constitution Shouldn't Require Belief in God for Public Office

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In Charleston, South Carolina, atheist Herb Silverman argues at the state Supreme Court that the state Constitution's requirement that public officials believe in "the Supreme Being" is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Silverman has been trying to become a notary public but has been denied the commission because the state Constitution says:

"No person who denies the existence of the Supreme Being shall hold any office under this Constitution."

Currently a mathematics professor at the College of Charleston, this is the second time in three years that Herb Silverman has challenged the state Constitution in the courts.

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