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Sunday, help erect a Tree of Knowledge in Philadelphia

Phila Ethical Humanists and Freethought Societies erect holiday display


Please RSVP via our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/134829439959200/?context=create  or the Freethought Society Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/events/42621742/

For more information on these groups, please visit:  The Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia at www.PhillyEthics.org and The Freethought Society at www.FtSociety.org.

Human Tree of Knowledge rally and dinner

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts., West Chester, PA

 The Freethought Society continues to demand the right to display a holiday Tree of Knowledge on the grounds of the Chester County Courthouse, alongside Christian, Jewish and Santa displays. We believe that the non-theist community deserves the same treatment as religious groups when using overnment property.

A 2011 display request will very likely be denied, therefore, supporters must be prepared to conduct a “Human Tree of Knowledge” event/protest rally. The event/protest rally schedule will included the distribution of ornaments and participants will be invited to say a few words about how much certain books meant to them. Please plan to participate on Saturday, December 3, 2011 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.

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

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 2011 display be approved, FS supporters will be notified by email, and a notice will be posted on the Freethought Society websites/meetup. An actual tree will be decorated in that case.

A 5:30 PM “Dutch-Treat” post-event dinner and get-together will take place at Kildare’s Irish Pub located at 18 West Gay Street, West Chester,  Pennsylvania, 19380. The restaurant is located just around the corner 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 or email margaret@ftsociety.org  by December 1, 2011.

 PLEASE RSVP via our meetup or Facebook pages.

Meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/Freethought-Society-Meetup/events/41411862/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=220480284692245

ACTION ALERT: Human Tree of Knowledge

The Chester County Commissioners have chosen to reject the offer to donate the
Freethought TREE of KNOWLEDGE Courthouse Winter Holiday Display
The Freethought Society is going to gather on Saturday, December 4, 2010 to create

The FS


PLEASE JOIN US Saturday, December 4th

** at 4:00 pm **



Continue reading: ACTION ALERT: Human Tree of Knowledge

Margaret Downey on “Fox and Friends”

Margaret Downey, President and founder of the Freethought Society, is interviewed on the Fox and Friends morning show by Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade about the controversy in West Chester. The local commissioners have removed the people’s displays and are making one of their own.

All sorts of groups have protested this, from the Chamber of Commerce, the Jewish community, and the Freethinkers. Only a former commissioner and fundmentalist Christian is in favor – because he thinks that his creche will be allowed while banning all other beliefs. ALL content is copyright Fox News.

Fox’s video is here, embedded copy from Youtube below.

Tree of Knowledge, 2009

2009 Tree of Knowledge – Interviews

The 2009 Tree of Knowledge is on display at the Chester County Courthouse as of November 30th, 2009.

American Freethought interviews Margaret Downey about the 2009 Tree of Knowledge.

David Driscoll of Atheist Alliance interviews Margaret Downey about the Tree of Knowledge

Download the 2009 Freethought TREE OF KNOWLEDGE book

View the 2009 Tree of Knowledge Photo Album

The mission of FSGP’s 2009 Winter Holiday Display, “The Tree of Knowledge,” is to inform the community about the many freethought books available through the library system and through retail and wholesale distributors. FSGP is promoting education and, in doing so, hopes to encourage a better understanding of the freethought philosophy. FSGP is also participatig in the holiday display to celebrate the winter season and to ensure a year-round cooperative relationship between theist and nontheist communities.

The 2009 Book List can be found in the 2009 Book on the Tree of Knowledge

View the 2008 Book List (Books featured on this year’s Tree of Knowledge ornaments)

View the TOK Photo Album.

We invite you to enjoy the video of the 2009 Freethought Tree of Knowledge installation and interview with Margaret Downey. Thanks to Brian Sapient for filming and assembling the video.


12/10/08 Philadelphia Inquirer, The ‘Godless Holiday Tree’ Goes Up


Thanks to Gregory Walsh for compiling this video footage and crafting into an artful mini-documentary about the Tree of Knowledge. This video can also be found on YouTube.

 The 2007 Tree of Knowledge

 Humblest Greetings.

       We wholeheartedly appreciate your endeavor to plant the Knowledge tree in the Chester County Court Yard. Surely it is a great slam on Bible’s commandment not to have knowledge and the concept that Adam and Eve became sinners condemned for acquiring knowledge by eating the fobidden knowledge fruit. So many congratulations to you for your grand success. Surely I would enjoy the event with all of you there if I would be in the US.


Swamiji Manavatavadi