North Carolina Secular Association


Atheists & Agnostics of Brevard/Transylvania County

Charlotte Atheists and Agnositcs

Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle

Forsyth Area Critical Thinkers (FACT)

Forsyth County Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

Greensboro Atheists Organization

Humanists and Freethinkers of Cape Fear

Triangle Atheist, Agnostic, Freethinker, and Humanist Meetup

Triangle Freethought Society

UNC-G Atheists/Agnostics/Skeptics

Western North Carolina Atheists

Member Groups...

Atheists & Agnostics of Brevard/Transylvania County

Atheists and Agnostics of Brevard/Transylvania County meetup group provides an opportunity for non-theists to publicly declare their secularism. Our group supports science, critical thinking and the separation of church and state.

Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics

Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics (CAA) was formed in 2002 with a mission "To create and foster a close-knit community of non-believers and to put a positive face on atheism through education, public outreach and community service." To achieve these goals the group has monthly social meetings, planning meetings, book club meetings, and monthly community service projects. The group also has occasional lectures, movie nights, cook-outs, parties, and other events. Additionally, CAA has a dedicated website that features an event calendar, discussion forum, and member book reviews. The group is affiliated with Atheist Alliance International and the American Humanist Association.

Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle

The Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle (EHST), founded in 1987, is one of 22 societies in the United States which form the American Ethical Union. They meet every Sunday from 1:30 - 3PM at Extraordinary Ventures in Chapel Hill. Platform meetings are on the first and third Sundays of the month. Community leaders, professors, social activists, as well as their own members inform the society on ethical issues confronting our local community, as well as issues of national, and international importance.

Forsyth Area Critical Thinkers (FACT)

The Forsyth Area Critical Thinkers (FACT) are a social group composed of diverse individuals who share a common interest in promoting the understanding and application of critical thinking skills and scientific methodology in the explanation of human experience -- from the seemingly mundane to the alleged paranormal.

Forsyth County Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State

The Forsyth Chapter of Americans United was formed several years ago to address issues of Separation of Church and State in this area. It does this through monthly meetings (September-May) at Mayberry's on Miller St. The chapter also supported two of its members in their suit against the Forsyth County Commissioners to end sectarian prayer before meetings.Most recently chapter Officers, working with the Superintendant of Schools, met with the County's principals and provided them with the AU booklet, Religion and the Public Schools: A Roadmap for Avoiding Lawsuits and Respecting Parents Rights. This booklet provides administrators and teachers with accurate information on actions and practices that are permitted or prohibited by law or the Constitution. The officers of the Association also offered themselves as a resource if there are further questions. In the fall of 2010, the Chapter will launch a website where teachers, students, parents or others can register incidents with which they have questions or concerns.

Greensboro Atheists Organization

The Greensboro Atheists Organization is a community for non-believers to make connections, to come out to friends and family, or to have simple conversations without the fear of being judged, attacked, or face repercussions. GAO is a place to not only connect with other intelligent people with similar thoughts and beliefs, but to be free of fear, be able to have logical discussions, and deal with what faces us in our day to day lives including personally, politically, and in the whole scheme of things.

Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear

Humanists & Freethinkers of Cape Fear began meeting in 2005. They are a vibrant chapter of the American Humanist Association, focusing on social and community educational activities. They meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month a discussion or lecture, followed by a social hour with a pot luck supper. They also have several social events each year, such as: picnics, a Winter Solstice party, and other family friendly events.

Triangle Atheist, Agnostic, Freethinker, and Humanist Meetup

The Triangle Atheist, Agnostic, Freethinker, and Humanist Meetup group was founded on October 8, 2002. It is primarily a social group with 600 members in the Triangle Area. Some of their activities include: social gatherings, picnics, cookouts, movie nights, pool parties, camping trips, book discussions, trivia and game nights, hiking, lectures and debates.

Triangle Freethought Society

The Triangle Freethought Society is a non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to issues surrounding nontheism. TFS is made up of non-theists, post-theists, atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and skeptics. TFS's main purpose is to stand up for the separation of church and state as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the constitution of the United States. They fight for the rights of the non-religious to ensure that they enjoy the same rights as religious citizens. TFS is the local chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

UNCG Atheists/Agnostics/Skeptics

The purpose of UNCG Atheists/Agnostics/Skeptics is to educate college students on matters relating to atheism, agnosticism, skeptical thinking, and nontheism. They attempt to promote knowledge about alternate theories of life by fostering debates with religious groups, and working with other similar groups to promote separation of church and state. They are affiliated with the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Student Alliance.


WNCAtheists exists to foster community among those individuals in the Western North Carolina area who neither believe in god(s) nor have any reason to believe in any god(s). Here, "community" is an interacting group of people with a common interest living together within a larger society. The group has a monthly social meet-up and monthly meetings of a book and movie club.

Notable Quotes

"I questioned the faithful of all communions; I particularly sought the society of clergymen, who are the depositories of the various creeds and have a personal interest in their survival ... all thought the main reason for the quiet sway of religion over their country was the complete separation of church and state. I have no hesitation in stating that throughout my stay in America I met nobody, lay or cleric, who did not agree about that."

- Alexis de Tocqueville, writing of his travels in America in 1830

"If any provision of the Constitution can be said to be more precious than the others, it is the provision of the First Amendment; which undertakes to separate church and state by keeping government's hands out of religion and by denying to any and all religious denominations any advantage from getting control of public policy or the public purse. This is so because the history of nations makes this truth manifest: When religion controls government, political freedom dies; and when government controls religion, religious freedom perishes."

- Sam J. Ervin, Jr., U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1954-1974 and was chair of the Senate Watergate Committee

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."

- Clarence S. Darrow

"The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach."

- Justice Hugo Black, U. S. Supreme Court, Everson v. Board of Education, 1947

"The separation of church and state is extremely important to any of us who holds to the original traditions of our nation. . . . To change these traditions . . . would be harmful to our whole attitude of tolerance in the religious area. If we look at situations which have arisen in the past in Europe and other world areas, I think we will see the reason why it is wise to hold to our early traditions."

- Eleanor Roosevelt

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