The Latest Separationist: Download the June 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 April through June 2015, the SHL is collecting donations for Reading is Fundamental. Please help us make a generous donation to this deserving charity.
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.
AME Church Shooting Victims Fund: A Website has been setup to collect donations from the humanist community. All funds from this campaign will go directly to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, which helps the families of the victims involved in the shooting. Click here.
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.
DD2 Update: As you may recall, SHL raised money for the food pantries at Dorchester District Two schools. Oakbrook Elementary originally was raising money from its students for "missions" at a nearby church. When parents complained and the school received a letter from a national legal center regarding possible church/state separation issues, the school board decided to redirect that money to programs run out of the schools themselves. In support of this decision, SHL took up a collection and raised $2850 (almost three times the amount originally raised by the students). Bureaucratic delays at the school board have prevented the schools from obtaining that money in a timely fashion, but it looks like that is all worked out now (March 2015). SHL will give $1500 directly to Oakbrook Elementary and the remaining $1350 to the DD2 general PTA fund with the stipulation that all funds be used for food services for students. Thanks to all of those who donated!
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 May 31, 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.