In October 2011, The Freethought Society requested the right to display a holiday Tree of Knowledge on the grounds of the Chester County Courthouse, alongside Christian, Jewish and Santa displays. We contend that the nontheist community deserves the same treatment as religious groups when using government property. The Chester County Commissioners, unfortunately, have rejected the Freethought Society application of participation in the 2011 Winter Holiday public display.
In an effort to establish the Tree of Knowledge as a symbol of the nontheist community, we ask that supporters participate in a celebration/rally/protest effort. The event will include the distribution of ornaments and participants will be invited to say a few words about how much certain books have 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.
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.
PLEASE RSVP via our meetup or Facebook pages.