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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: 138
Latest Activity: May 22

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Comment by Mike Hein on June 9, 2009 at 11:34am
Welcome, Philip! Western end of the state, here. Poke around, share some stories of religion (or not) and it's influence in our fair state.
Comment by Root on June 8, 2009 at 7:35pm
Hello from the Myrtle Beach area. I just came across this site today while wondering the net. Glad to see I'm not alone in this state.
Comment by Mike Hein on June 5, 2009 at 6:37am
Well, Alana, if you go, I hope it works out well for you. It doesn't mean you HAVE to leave our group. Hey, you lived here so that makes you an SC atheist even after you leave.
Comment by Ted Delorme on June 5, 2009 at 5:06am
Alana, I think it's only fair that if you escape, you must take at least fundie up north with you...
Comment by atheistfightingback on May 21, 2009 at 11:30pm
I have actually been stationed at Fort Hood, TX and so haven’t experienced any discrimination recently from SC but being from SC I can tell you that I have experience some discrimination particularly in the work place and school.
Comment by Mike Hein on May 18, 2009 at 9:52pm
good to see more of our home state folk joining the group. When I get off my lazy ass tomorrow, I'll post up the Greenville Evolution meetup group's agenda for this month. It's Thursday night at the downtown library.
Comment by Ted Delorme on May 18, 2009 at 11:45am
Ah, Gage Hall. I used to play guitar at the Sunday nite "coffee house" there, organized by a local lawyer named Edmund. He was a master of some of the old school folk acoustic instruments. I believe he started a local folk music society a few years later...

Speaking of local reactions to real live atheists in the world, I got some funny looks from my fellow cast members when I told them I was a humanist while playing the bible-quoting Brady in Inherit The Wind recently. Most of them didn't seem to actually grasp the point of the play at all, and were sure their side won...
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.
 

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