South Carolina Atheists

Connect with fellow freethinkers and skeptics in the palmetto state. It's difficult to be a religious minority in the bible belt, and we need to reach out to each other and let each other know we're here!

Location: South Carolina
Members: 146
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Comment by Shannon Equality Barber on August 26, 2012 at 7:16pm

Hey John, thanks! 

Comment by Shannon Equality Barber on August 26, 2012 at 6:18pm

Hi everyone I am Shannon from Rock Hill. Looking to relocate in short order. In the meantime, looking for buddies nearby- or even a smart, freethinking lesbian! I am the only lesbian atheist I know here.

Comment by Jamie S on July 2, 2012 at 11:20am


Judge here in our state requires woman to read Bible as part of sentence for DUI.

Comment by Alex Zygmunt on May 25, 2012 at 4:58pm

There is some renewed activity in the Upstate. Check out some new links!

Piedmont Humanists

Upstate Coalition of Reason

Comment by Amy Monsky on April 16, 2012 at 4:16pm

There is a state-wide meetup at the Riverbanks Zoo on Sunday, April 29, 2012.  The zoo's open from 9am to 5pm, but we are meeting for lunch from 11am to 12:30pm at the public picnic area outside the main entrance.  Feel free to visit the zoo before or after lunch, but we'll be doing this in smaller self-selected groups rather than one giant group.  The public picnic area can be seen in the lower right-hand corner of this map:  For more information about the zoo, please visit their website at  I will be reserving tables so please let me know if you're coming and how many are in your party, so I know how many tables to block off.  All the groups across the state have been invited and we did this last year, so it should be a lot of fun!  My email is for RSVPs and questions.  Also, I am the Camp Director for Camp Quest South Carolina and would love to answer any questions you may have while we're there!

Comment by Joey Barrett on April 4, 2012 at 7:19pm

Hello everyone.  I am an atheist in Anderson, SC looking to start or join meetings in the Anderson/Greenville area.  I have been trying to find a way to meet fellow atheists in the area but as you may know that is not an easy task.  I have started an atheist website and forum to help achieve this along with finding sites and groups like this.  The following is a copy of a facebook post I made to get the word out.  I look forward to meeting all of you and talking with you.


I have been thinking a lot lately about how lonely it can be being an atheist in South Carolina. I came to my lack of belief years ago but did not express it until later. Many people choose to be “closet atheists” because the word “atheis...t” makes others cringe because of their lack of understanding, especially in the south. Being an atheist is nothing to be ashamed of. Atheists are the most misunderstood, hated, and mistrusted minority in America. How can a simple lack of belief in the supernatural lead to such a view of an entire group of people? We are not the monsters we are sometimes portrayed to be.

This is why I have started a website for atheists. My hope is to reach out to atheists in the area and even nationally. I have started a Facebook page called ReasonSC to go along with the site in hopes of meeting other atheists in the upstate of South Carolina. I have also created a Facebook page to partner with the website itself. The name of the website is Damned and Free. The name comes from the ending of an essay I wrote to be considered for an upcoming book “Atheists in America: Narratives from an Invisible Minority” by Melanie Elyse Brewster.

“Some religious people think atheists don’t have anything to live for. I personally do. I will live my life for myself and for those I love. I will live my life free of religious dogma, free from religious taboos, free from religious superstition, and free from religious guilt and fear. Some will say that I am damned, and maybe I am, but I am also free.” -Joey Barrett

Comment by Alex Zygmunt on September 14, 2011 at 2:19pm
I'm hoping that I can attend this picnic. I also hope that plenty show up as well. It will be good to be away from the computer and socializing. A few of the Greenville Non-Theist meetup are also planning on attending.
Comment by Darrell on August 18, 2011 at 5:08am
Fourth Annual

Regional Atheists Picnic

Saturday September 17, 2011

at Lake Julian Park in Asheville, NC

The event this year will be catered by Jen Lovejoy, with both meats and vegan options available.

Cost per person will be $8.00 for those 12 and up, 12 and under eat free.

We have an alcohol permit this year, however alcoholic beverages will not be provided.

We ask that you please RSVP if you are planning to attend. If at all possible, advanced payment for the meal would be appreciated by September 10,


The WNCAtheists Forum and can be accessed directly here:

target="_blank">Regional Collaboration

(This list is only accessible through the direct link above,unless you are logged-in as a registered user, so use the link above if you are not registered.)



From North of Asheville, take I-26 East to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

From South of Asheville, take I-26 West to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Right on Long Shoals Rd.

From East of Asheville, take I-40 West to exit 46A (I-26 East). Follow I-26 to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

From West of Asheville, take I-40 East to exit 46A (I-26 East). Follow I-26 to exit 37 (Long Shoals Rd.) Turn Left on Long Shoals Rd.

The entrance to the park is @1.3 miles down on the right across from Overlook Rd.

We Plan to meet @12:00 at Picnic shelter #3 near the playground and we've got the place until 7:30 PM.
Comment by Amy Monsky on August 4, 2011 at 5:50pm

Camp Quest is coming to South Carolina in October, 2011 with a first ever family weekend camp!

Camp Quest is a summer camp with a focus on fun, friends, and freethought, and is aimed at the children from atheist, secular humanist, and other free-thinking families.  Campers learn about science, ethics, religion, and critical thinking through games, skits, and other activities.  These educational programs are interspersed with traditional camp activities such as swimming, games, arts and crafts, campfires, and more.  Camp Quest builds a community for our children and teenagers and provides campers a place to explore their developing worldviews, ask questions, and make friends in an environment supportive of critical thinking and skepticism.  At Camp Quest, we encourage campers to think for themselves, be comfortable with who they are, and engage respectfully with people who have different views.


The first week-long summer camp for kids 8-17yo will be NEXT summer, 2012, but we are having a weekend camp for the whole family (as in the youngest baby to the oldest grandparent) October 1-2, 2011. It will be a mini-Camp Quest with something for everyone, and highlights include a parents program led by Dale McGowan. The cost is $50 per person ages 4yo and up, free for children 0-3yo, and includes all food, activities, and lodging.  For more information about the weekend camp, please visit

Comment by Amy Monsky on July 26, 2011 at 2:46pm
Attn Greenville families:  Greenville Nontheists is planning another Children's Playdate on Saturday 7/30 at 11am at Cleveland Park, right across from the Greenville Zoo.

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