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Welcome to the Website of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, an organization of atheists, agnostics, skeptics and other freethinkers based in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Upcoming Events

Rescheduled SHL Discussion: Black Lives Matter:
Jul 30, 2015 / 6:30 PM
Gene's Haufbrau 817 Savannah Hwy Charleston

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SHL Trivia:
Jul 30, 2015 / 8:00 pm
Manny's Neighborhood Grill

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Charleston Pride Parade:
Aug 1, 2015 / Assemble at 8:00 Am, parade starts 9:00 AM
Assemble at corner of Meeting and Ann Streets

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(See a listing of more upcoming events here)


  • The Latest Separationist: Download the July 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.
  • March with SHL in the Pride Parade August 1!: New SHL Announcement posted by Sharon Strong on Sat July 18, 2015.

Latest News

  • 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).

  • SHL Press Release / June 18, 2015:
    Last night, a lone gunman murdered nine innocent people gathered at the historic Emanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street in Charleston. The Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry join the rest of the Charleston community and the world in condemning this senseless act of violence and in sympathy for the families of the victims. As humanists, we value the inherent worth and dignity in all people and express our condolences to the African-American community of Charleston that this space which is sacred to them was violated.

  • Slides from Janssen's Talk Available for Download: On April 19th, William Janssen delivered a fantastic talk to the SHL entitled "Religious Refusals and American Religious Liberty: How Did We Get Here?" It was so full of useful and surprising information that many of us who attended asked him if we could have copies of his slides for reference. Well, he has kindly agreed to let us post them here on our Website. Download them here in PDF format.

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Amazon Associates Program

Because we are affiated with the Amazon Associates program, our organization earns up to a 15% commission on any items purchased at 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 link, SHL will receive up to a 15% "kickback"!)
  • Use this "search box" to find any item in the 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

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Affiliated Organizations

  • American Atheists
  • Atheist Alliance International
  • American Humanist Association
  • Council for Secular Humanism
  • Freedom from Religion Foundation
  • Secular Coalition for America

Webmaster: Alex Kasman 2014