The Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry will host an event called Reasonfest on Thursday, 5/1, to mark the National Day of Reason.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St. in downtown Charleston.
Reasonfest will feature entertainment by stand-up comic and co-founder of Freethought Blogs, Ed Brayton, as well as a presentation by Jason Torpy, president of Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers . An open-mic session hosted by local poet and songwriter Jim Lundy will follow. Audience members will be invited to share their personal “pathways to reason,” or how they left religion to become atheists or agnostics, and to read passages from their favorite free-thought writers.
A $10 suggested donation at the door will raise funds for SHL's 20th year anniversary celebration in the fall. Baked goods will be available for purchase.
The National Day of Reason was established in 2003 by the American Humanist Association and Washington Area Secular Humanists. It serves as a critique of the federally sponsored National Day of Prayer, which occurs on the same day and which many secularists regard as an unconstitutional violation of the separation between church and state.