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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
Latest Activity: Mar 2

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Comment by Judith Bandsma on May 18, 2009 at 10:10am
For Charleston people, Secular Humanists of the Low Country meet monthly from September to May and are usually located at Gage Hall on Archdale street in downtown Charleston. I don't get to the meetings due to COPD and the necessity of staying away from groups but these are some good people who have interesting speakers and thought provoking discussion.
http://lowcountryhumanists.org/default.php?page=Home

Oh, and please don't forget the "In Reason We Trust" license plate. I sure do hate never seeing another one on the road.
Comment by LeighAnn on May 17, 2009 at 12:58pm
I loved the recent comment by Cardinal O'Connor that atheists are not fully human. I understand that theists don't like our stances, or I should say many don't, but where do they get these absurd beliefs from? They just pull this stuff out of their asses.
Comment by Sean Osborne on May 17, 2009 at 12:44pm
I find that the "shit storm" isn't all that bad when you talk to the religious moderates face to face. (At least, that's been my experience with many of them here in Charleston, and of course, this doesn’t necessarily apply to fundies).
When I tell them I'm an agnostic/atheist, they seem very surprised that I don't have horns protruding out of my forehead. And when we get into discussions about what it is I really believe and value, they typically are pleasantly shocked that they agree with me.
Most churches (including, actually, our culture) have demonized atheism, and so this "shit storm" that begins to fire up due to billboards like this are usually targeted at a parody of atheism (created by the church), not the atheists themselves.
Comment by Clint Page on May 17, 2009 at 12:26pm
I love the billboards. Now we just need to get one up in Bob Jones Country. [i]That[/i] my friends, will be a true shit storm.
Comment by LeighAnn on May 17, 2009 at 11:39am
Just read that article. Ah, the raging and blatant hypocrisy. It never fails to amaze me. I've always felt that if people's faith was as strong as they claim then something like that wouldn't bother them.
Comment by Ted Delorme on May 15, 2009 at 7:39pm
Debbie and I lived in Charleston for many years. My mom and one sister are there, but they're true believers. I'm sure there are other atheists in Charleston, but I'm really sure where you'd find them. Unitarian Church, maybe?
Comment by Sean Osborne on May 15, 2009 at 5:23pm
I'd like to see more meet ups here in the charleston area. I've tried to get a skeptics in the pub together a couple of times, but mostly had VERY irrational theists respond. I found most my time was spent arguing the validity of faith.
Seems like upstate is a better place to form meet up groups.
Comment by Ted Delorme on May 15, 2009 at 3:51pm
Yeah, the Charlotte Group seems to be growing and has a handful of SC folks. We get together the second Thursday of the month at a restaurant for drinks and a meal, and lots of talk. Their website can probably be found easily by searching.
Comment by LeighAnn on May 15, 2009 at 3:46pm
Hey Ted! I was wondering if anyone from here actually met up. Sounds like it could be fun.
Comment by Ted Delorme on May 15, 2009 at 3:28pm
Hi, LeighAnn!

My wife and I are just across the road in Fort Mill. We usually share a meal with the Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics once a month. Not too much else going on in the area, apparently...
 

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