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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:52 PM
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Atheist group protests lack of Tree of Knowledge in Chester County Christmas display
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."

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/12/athe...
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:55 PM
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1. "Atheist group protests unconstitutional exclusion from holiday display"- fixed it for ya.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:12 PM
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3. I doubt the exclusion is. Maybe the inclusion but definitely not the exclusion.
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cleanhippie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 10:56 PM
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22. I think SCOTUS has been clear on that, no?
I thought I remembered from another thread where that ruling was cited. I could be wrong though.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:57 PM
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2. So the county is engaging in a constitutional faux pas.
They are recognizing religion over non-religion.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:13 PM
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4. The Tree of Knowledge wouldn't fix it.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:17 PM
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5. Perhaps there is another solution.
Maybe we could keep religious bullshit off of government property... :think:
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:25 PM
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6. Adding nonreligious bullshit only clutters the issue.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:26 PM
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7. Actually, it brings the issue to light, and shows how absurd the whole thing is.
Edited on Mon Dec-05-11 09:27 PM by darkstar3
Edit for clarity: That "whole thing" being the religious decoration of public property.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:27 PM
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8. There's always room in the clown car.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:30 PM
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9. If you think the government on any level is a clown car, that may be part of the problem.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:35 PM
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11. I was referring to Margaret, not to mention the guy across the street with a flag.
They're symbiotic.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:36 PM
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12. Counter protestors always rely on protestors. This is not some kind of profound point.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:40 PM
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13. Neither is The Tree of Knowledge.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:43 PM
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14. No one said it was supposed to be. A spotlight, perhaps, but not a profound point.
Now, did you have anything that remotely approached a point, or are you just addicted to disagreeing with me?
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:48 PM
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16. Yes, the point is contained in #8.
And this has nothing to do with you, surprising though that be.
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:53 PM
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17. Meaning you don't have one.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:54 PM
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19. Meaning exactly what I said.
Talk about addiction.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:33 PM
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10. Heaven knows there is plenty of PRIVATE property in the US where
people can display whatever damned religious symbols they want to, any time they want to, or none at all.

Get your cross out of my city hall, people.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:45 PM
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15. Down with Knowledge!
Who needs it?
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:53 PM
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18. It doesn't grow on trees. Nice myth though.
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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 09:59 PM
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20. I'm sure you'd know about myths in which knowledge grew on trees
and where people were punished for seeking it.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 10:08 PM
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21. Sounds like what happened to Margaret.
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