The Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry

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SHL Billboard: Don't believe in God? You are not alone.

January 2009

About the Billboard

The latest American Religious Identification Survey revealed that nonreligious Americans now outnumber American Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons combined. Despite the stereotypes others may have of non-believers, we are law-abiding citizens, charitable members of the community, and good neighbors. In fact, a surprisingly large percentage of famous artists, writers, philanthropists, activists, composers, actors, musicians and scientists are non-believers. (See here, here, here and here for lists.) At the same time, they also make up a surprisingly small percentage of the prison population.

Yet several polls have found that atheists are the most distrusted group in America. This is probably because most nonreligious Americans feel that they must be secretive about their lack of belief. It is therefore with the goal of being more visible that we have launched our new billboard campaign, placing the sign shown in the picture on highway I-26 near the Spruill Avenue exit.

We have no intention of "converting" believers to non-believers with our campaign. Some people may be offended by our message, but that isn't our purpose either. Instead, we simply want those who do not believe in a supernatural being to know that there is a happy and welcoming community of other like-minded people. If you are one, please join us...and consider letting your family, friends, colleagues and community know you are a proud freethinker. This would help us with our other goal of helping to make our religious friends and neighbors more comfortable with and tolerant of our own religion-free worldview.

This billboard is a collaboration between the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry, American Humanist Association, and FreethoughtAction.

About the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry

The Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry was founded in 1994 by a group of local non-theists in Charleston, South Carolina. The purpose of our non-profit, educational organization is to promote the non-theistic, human-centered viewpoint as a valid contribution to public discourse and to strive to maintain the First Amendment guarantee of separation of state and church. We believe in guiding our lives by reason, compassion, responsibility, integrity, altruism, and unselfishness.

For more information about our group, follow the links at the top of this page or visit our homepage. If you would like one of us to speak to your organization about secular humanism, write to

Contact Information

Media inquiries should be directed to Herb Silverman at or call 843-670-0290.

General questions about our organization or upcoming meetings should be sent to

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