"No one disputes that it was a worthy cause for both the church and the children of Oakbrook Elementary. But sometimes even good intentions must be properly directed." This whole case comes down to these 2 sentences. This is what many people don't seem to understand. Thank you, Will, for a clear and level-headed assessment of this issue.
Since we're talking about signs with our name on them, there is another one that hasn't been mentioned yet. You'll find our name on Harbor View Road, at the bottom of the Adopt-a-Highway sign.
That is one of ways in which we give back to our community. We have raised over $20,000 for local charities since 2007. (We raised money for charities before then, but I don't have those numbers.) Those charities include Begin with Books, Crisis Ministries, Palmetto House, the Ryan White program, and many more. We also raised $7,400 for Light the Night, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual fundraiser. This made us the top corporate team in 2012. We also volunteer for various organzations across the tri-county area, providing valuable community service. In addition to quarterly trash collection along Harbor View Road, we have volunteered for Crisis Ministries, Pet Helpers, My Sisters House, Charleston Parks Conservancy, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Lowcountry Food Bank, Summerville Cares Day of Service (one of our projects including renovating the patio area for the women and children residents of Palmetto House, including raising the $1,700 to do it), and many more.
No, our particular group does not raise money for abroad. Our mission is local, and that is where we focus our efforts. The needs of other areas of the world are very important, too, though and other organizations, such as Foundation Beyond Belief, do indeed raise money for such projects. It is impossible for any one group to work on all causes, as any reasonable person understands. Many of our individual members DO give money to Foundation Beyond Belief and other similar organizations, but as an organization, areas outside of Charleston is not the focus of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry.
The address of Physicians Auditorium is 3 College Way. It is at the intersection of Glebe and George.
There will be an overflow room at the auditorium for those who arrive after the auditorium is filled. The talk will be live-streamed there, but not elsewhere.
Kids are welcome to attend. :)
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