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Atheist group protests lack of Tree of Knowledge in Chester County Christmas display
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Published: Monday, December 05, 2011, 10:24 AM Updated: Monday, December 05, 2011, 11:16 AM

WEST CHESTER Members of the Freethought Society gathered Saturday outside the Historic Chester County Courthouse to protest a county government decision to ban an atheist Tree of Knowledge display next to other Christmas displays they say support religion.

Headed by Margaret Downey of Pocopson, the president and founder of the Freethought Society, the group formed a human Tree of Knowledge and held up atheist literature as ornaments. "We are here to say that treating freethinkers like second-class citizens is unacceptable," Downey said. "We demand equal representation on this spot government-owned land that is supported by you, the taxpayers."

Downey said the group set up a Tree of Knowledge from 2007 to 2009 but was denied its request for a display last year after a vote by county commissioners. They were also denied this year.

Across the street, one man established a counter protest, holding an American flag and a sign that read: "I support the county commissioners."
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  -Atheist group protests lack of Tree of Knowledge in Chester County Christmas display rug  Dec-05-11 07:52 PM   #0 
  - "Atheist group protests unconstitutional exclusion from holiday display"- fixed it for ya.  cleanhippie   Dec-05-11 07:55 PM   #1 
  - I doubt the exclusion is. Maybe the inclusion but definitely not the exclusion.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:12 PM   #3 
     - I think SCOTUS has been clear on that, no?  cleanhippie   Dec-05-11 09:56 PM   #22 
  - So the county is engaging in a constitutional faux pas.  darkstar3   Dec-05-11 07:57 PM   #2 
  - The Tree of Knowledge wouldn't fix it.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:13 PM   #4 
     - Perhaps there is another solution.  darkstar3   Dec-05-11 08:17 PM   #5 
        - Adding nonreligious bullshit only clutters the issue.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:25 PM   #6 
        - Actually, it brings the issue to light, and shows how absurd the whole thing is.  darkstar3   Dec-05-11 08:26 PM   #7 
           - There's always room in the clown car.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:27 PM   #8 
              - If you think the government on any level is a clown car, that may be part of the problem.  darkstar3   Dec-05-11 08:30 PM   #9 
                 - I was referring to Margaret, not to mention the guy across the street with a flag.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:35 PM   #11 
                    - Counter protestors always rely on protestors. This is not some kind of profound point.  darkstar3   Dec-05-11 08:36 PM   #12 
                       - Neither is The Tree of Knowledge.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:40 PM   #13 
                          - No one said it was supposed to be. A spotlight, perhaps, but not a profound point.  darkstar3   Dec-05-11 08:43 PM   #14 
                             - Yes, the point is contained in #8.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:48 PM   #16 
                                - Meaning you don't have one.  darkstar3   Dec-05-11 08:53 PM   #17 
                                   - Meaning exactly what I said.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:54 PM   #19 
        - Heaven knows there is plenty of PRIVATE property in the US where  kestrel91316   Dec-05-11 08:33 PM   #10 
  - Down with Knowledge!  NMMNG   Dec-05-11 08:45 PM   #15 
     - It doesn't grow on trees. Nice myth though.  rug   Dec-05-11 08:53 PM   #18 
        - I'm sure you'd know about myths in which knowledge grew on trees  NMMNG   Dec-05-11 08:59 PM   #20 
           - Sounds like what happened to Margaret.  rug   Dec-05-11 09:08 PM   #21 

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