The Latest Separationist: Download the September 2015 issue of the newsletter of the SHL. Our newsletter is produced each month from September until May and is always available here in PDF format.
Donate to the Charity of the Quarter: We pool the donations from our members and give the total to a local charitable organization. For July through September 2015, the SHL is collecting donations for Charleston NAACP. Please help us make a generous donation to this deserving charity.
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To make a point about tax exemptions, John Oliver forms his own church!: Existing solely for the purpose of collecting tax-free donations (and, perhaps, to make a point about how easy that is to do by merely making potentially bogus religious claims), John Oliver has formed The Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption Church. He has it all: clergy (portrayed by an SNL cast member), rituals (silent contemplation of the consequence of fraudulent churches), and a request that viewers with lupus touch their televisions during his broadcast. But mostly, he has a way to collect money. (Read the fine print, however, and you may find that the money will end up at Doctors Without Borders...)
A Night at the Joe: Join the SHL at the Charleston RiverDogs baseball game as we root, root, root for the home team... and ourselves (they will announce the SHL over the PA). It will be Bike Night, so bicycling to the ballpark is encouraged. Be sure to stick around for the fireworks afterward! We have a block of seats set aside in the covered Upper Reserved section.
A Charity of the Quarter Inspired by Tragedy: Along with donors from other South Carolina secular groups, SHL members recently gave $13,747 to a fund for the families of the victims of the recent horrific murders at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. That collection drive is now complete, but for our Charity of the Quarter for September through November 2015 SHL has chosen the Charleston chapter of the NAACP. This is an organization deserving of our support at any time, but especially at this moment. Please help them and demonstrate the support of our community by making a donation through SHL.
SHL Volunteers Make a Difference: As you may know, June 13th was officially a national "Day of Prayer". Of course, being secular humanists, we don't believe there are supernatural beings answering people's prayers. Instead, we believe that to make the world a better place people have to actually do things. So, on June 13th, two groups SHL volunteers were out in the community achieving that goal. One group of volunteers worked at the Lowcountry Food Bank and another was building a wheelchair ramp with Operation Home up in Saint Stephens (see photo).
Because we are affiated with the Amazon Associates program, our organization earns up to a 15% commission on any items purchased at Amazon.com through the links on our Website. So, if you were going to be buying anything at all from them, this is a super-easy way to contribute to SHL! Here are two ways you can do it:
Book Group Reading Selection: For their September 27, 2015 meeting, the SHL Book Group will be reading the book in the box at the right. Click here for more information about the Book Group or click here to see a list of previous book group selections. (BTW If you purchase a book through this Amazon.com link, SHL will receive up to a 15% "kickback"!)
Use this "search box" to find any item in the Amazon.com catalog and SHL earns money if you buy it:
You might also consider buying a copy of Herb Silverman's book, Candidate Without a Prayer. This autobiography of a math professor who runs for the governorship of South Carolina in order to overturn an unconstitutional rule preventing atheists from holding public office is also the story of the founding of our organization. Of course, you can buy it from any source you want, but if you use the link above our organization earns a small commission from Amazon.com.