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Amy Monsky
Feb 13 2014
SHL February Monthly Meeting

The following e-mail announcement was sent by Amy Monsky to the Monthly Meeting Reminders mailing list:

Please join us this Sunday, 2/16, for the February 2014 meeting of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry:

"The Satanic Temple and the First Amendment" a talk by Lucien Greaves

Time: 4:00pm, 2/16/2014

Place: Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street

Cost: Free and open to the public

Dinner: Potluck after meeting at Gage Hall (details below)

Refreshments: There will be no pre-meeting refreshments since we are having a potluck dinner after the meeting. (This is different than what appeared in the newsletter. We apologize for any confusion.)

The Satanic Temple has gained international attention for its controversial forays into the Church-State debate where they have asserted equal rights for Satanists where religious privileges have been offered. The most notable of example has been in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma recently allowed a monument of the ten commandments to be erected on state capitol grounds. The 6-foot-tall monument was authorized by the legislature and signed into law by the governor, and its nearly $10,000 cost was paid by Republican Rep. Mike Ritze and his family. The ACLU, on behalf of a Baptist minister, has filed a lawsuit seeking to have the monument removed.

Recognizing that the government cannot favor one religion over another once it has opened the public sphere, the Satanic Temple has requested to erect a monument of their own, and they've even raised the money in full to fund it.

Lucien Greaves, co-founder of, and spokesperson for, the Satanic Temple, will take us through the history of Satanism, from the Old Testament to Romantic literature, witch-hunts and heresy, and modern Satanism and conspiracy theory. Lucien will also discuss the Satanic Temple and politics, reviewing Satanism as an atheistic religious narrative, highlighting its political activism for the disenfranchised, and sharing its future goals.

Though we normally go to a restaurant after the meeting, this time we will have a potluck dinner in the meeting hall after the presentation. Please bring your favorite (homemade or storebought) dish. SHL will provide drinks and paper goods.

We will offer beverages before the meeting, but since we are having a potluck after, there will be no pre-meeting refreshments this time.

Additionally, Sunday Quest - our new Humanist "Sunday School" - for kids ages 5-12 years old will take place during this monthly 3rd Sunday meetings and will be free of charge. Space is limited, so registration is required. More information will be sent in a separate email to the Family Activities mailing list as well as posted on our website.

Please email me at if you have any questions or to register your child for Sunday Quest.

See you Sunday!

Amy Monsky

President, Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry

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