Chester County Sunshine Meeting re Tree of Knowledge 10/7/2014

BY MARGARET DOWNEY:

• The Freethought Society (FS) has decided that FS must make another appeal to the Chester County Commissioners to allow the display and inclusion of the nontheist symbol – The Tree of Knowledge.

Please see the FS website (www.FtSociety.org/menu/tree-of-knowledge) for complete details and history of The Tree of Knowledge efforts. We must not give way to the bigotry and prejudices that the Commissioners have against the nontheist community.  FS board members will attempt to convince the Commissioner that nontheists are indeed an integral part of the community and that our symbol must be included in the 2014 Winter Holiday Display. We need your help. The more voices we get, the more convincing we can be.

tree2The Commissioner ignored a petition with over 350 signatures in 2010. A Chester County attorney figured out a free speech loop hole and rendered the ACLU efforts on our behalf useless in 2011. They dismissed us again in 2013. Get this folks, the Chester County Commissioner take ownership of the  Free speech zone for two full months in the winter — displaying things that theydeem  Important — nothing more!

The Commissioners did not listen when representatives from the Secular Jewish, Hispanic Freethinkers and Nontheist Indian community spoke on our behalf in 2012.

Now we want to try again, but this time, we want a crowd of speakers to overwhelm the Chester County Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting.

Meeting details are printed below. If you plan to attend –PLEASE DO NOT REMAIN  SILENT. Every voice is precious in this fight. Speak for one minute or five. Just please show that you are there for a reason and the reason is to support The Tree of Knowledge.

Here is a brief outline of what you need to say, should you attend:

My name is…

I am a resident of… (county and state)

The Tree of Knowledge is important to me because …

I will visit West Chester to see it (bring family/friends, shop and eat in West
Chester, celebrate the season, etc.)

Make a personal appeal if possible.

Say thanks for listening/considering, etc.

Have at least six copies of what you say (one for each Commissioner, one for FS, one for reporters)

It’s easy and can be very quick. You do not need to be eloquent or forceful. Just add your voice to the subject matter. If you would like assistance in formulating your statement, contact me ASAP. Your attendance is vital.

Location, date and time is as follows:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

10:00 AM 6th Floor

313 West Market Street

West Chester, PA. 19380

–  Margaret DowneyFounder and PresidentFreethought Society

P.O. Box 242Pocopson, PA 19366

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January/February 2014 Freethought Society newsletter

Click here for the Newsletter:  January February 2014 FS Newsletter-web

In the newsletter you will find the following articles:

The 2013 Tree of Knowledge Report

The Tree of Knowledge: Celebrating the Roots of Humanism, by Hugh Taft-Morales

 Freethought Society Endorses “Why Marriage Matters PA” and Why it Really Does Matter, by Glen Loev

The Freethought Society’s 2013 Four-Month Calendar

Last Call for Nominations to the Freethought Society Board of Directors and Freethought Society Board of Directors Nomination Form
Donation and Information Page

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The Freethought Society News Editorial Staff

Human Tree of Knowledge, December 1, 2012

2010 Human Tree of Knowledge, West Chester Courthouse
2010 Human Tree of Knowledge, West Chester Courthouse

The Freethought Society (FS) continues to demand the right to display a Tree of Knowledge on the grounds of the Chester County Courthouse.

A 2012 display request will likely be denied, there­fore supporters must be prepared to conduct a “Human Tree of Knowledge” event/protest rally. The event/protest rally schedule will include the distribution of ornaments and participants will be invited to say a few words about how much certain books mean to them. Please plan to participate on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Chester County Courthouse located at the corner of High and Market Streets (2 North High Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania). The event will start at 3:00 PM and will include speeches, singing, photo opportunities and a press conference.

Please email FS to volunteer (volunteers@FtSociety.org) for one of many jobs that need to be done ahead of time (new ornaments, press releases, media training, etc.).

Should the FS petition to include The Tree of Knowledge in the 2012 display be approved, an actual tree will be decorated. FS supporters will be notified by email, and/or a notice will be posted on the Freethought Society listserv and website.

At 5:30 PM, a post-event dinner (Dutch Treat) will take place at Kildare’s Irish Pub, located at 18 West Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19380. The restaurant is located just one block from the Chester County Courthouse. For directions to the restaurant call, (610) 431-0770.

To reserve dinner seats, please call the FS office at (610) 793-2737 by November 28, 2012.

PLEASE RSVP via our Meetup or Facebook pages!

NOTE that this event is the first of a Tree of Knowledge Weekend, with the second event, decorating the tree, taking place at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. More details here: http://www.ftsociety.org/?p=2409

Decorate the Tree of Knowledge at the Phila Ethical Humanist Society, Dec. 2, 2012

Note: This event is related to the Human Tree of Knowledge event in West Chester, PA, on Dec. 1, 2012.

FS and Phila Ethical Humanists join together to celebrate the season.

FS invites you to gather with us for a Tree of Knowledge decorating holiday event scheduled to take place on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP), located at 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The event will begin with an 11:00 AM Sunday platform speech entitled, “The Wall for All: Protecting the Integrity of Both State and Religion,” by Hugh Taft-Morales. Taft-Morales is the leader of EHSP. He notes that “Everyone should support a high wall of separation between government and religion. As Thomas Jefferson said, this wall is ‘essential in a free society.’ It protects the rights of citizens of religious and nontheist perspectives. As zealots try to deconstruct this wall brick by brick, we must speak out more forcefully against those who distort its real purpose: To maintain the secular nature of the state so it better serves  believers and nonbelievers alike.”

Please attend the Taft-Morales presentation to learn more about what you can do to uphold the Jeffersonian Wall of Separation between religion and government.

After the presentation, a 10’ tall Tree of Knowledge will be decorated and placed on display in the foyer of the Ethical Society Building. Refreshments will be served.

PLEASE RSVP via our Facebook or Meetup Pages!