Atheists Asserting Constitutional Rights

This story was passed on to me by Vijay Eswaran. In 1961, a bookkeeper who was an atheist refused to declare a belief in God in order to become a notary public certified by the state of Maryland. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and the bookkeeper won. The Supreme Court ruled that states could not have a religious test for any public office. Today, there are seven states including Maryland that still have articles in their constitutions requiring a belief in God to hold any public office. Article VI of the United States Constitution disallows any religious test in order to serve in a federal office. Non-believers are rising up and protesting the unconstitutional atheist bans. Legal experts agree that the bans are unenforceable. Movements to remove the bans are becoming more visible as atheist groups test their political clout.  The secular movement is seeking legislators who are willing advocate for non-believers. Even though many lawmakers consider removing the non-believer bans from state constitutions sensible and fair, removing the bans is politically hard to swallow.

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A Profile of Inspiration: Kenneth Griffin

Hey Guys, doing something a little bit different today.  The first in a series of profiles of people that inspire me to do better in my chosen career path.  Always my belief that you can learn from other successful people, to in turn become a successful person yourself.  Here’s a bit about Kenneth Griffin, one of the most successful hedge fund managers in the history of our financial institution: Born in Florida, Kenneth Griffin is the founder and chief executive officer of a Chicago-based investment firm called Citadel, LLC. Citadel is one of the largest hedge funds in existence in the world as of the end of 2014. Education and Early Career Attending public high school in Boca Raton, Florida, Griffin went on to attend Harvard University. Griffin obtained a degree in economics at Harvard and graduated in 1989. While a student at Harvard, Griffin started his first two investment funds from his dormitory room. In creating his first fund, Griffin managed to pull together $265,000, including some money from his grandmother. Griffin profited from this first fund by short selling at the time of the stock market crash of 1987. Founding of Citadel Griffin wasted little time in founding Citadel following his graduation from Harvard. In fact, he started Citadel just over a year after completing his university education. He has approximately $4.2 million in invested funds when he started Citadel. This include his own money as well as investments made by other individuals that were impressed with Griffin’s […]

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