The local Freethought Society (FS -http://www.ftsociety.org/2012/11/14/human-tree-of-knowledge-december-1-2012/ ) has been discrimated against by the Chester County commissioners for the last two years ( http://www.secularnewsdaily.com/2010/11/chester-county-pa-commissioners-move-to-eliminate-freethought-tree-of-knowledge/ ). For the past two years, the FS's Tree of Knowledge holiday display has not been allowed to be included with religious displays on public land.
For three years ( 2007- 2009 ) before the last two the FS was allowed to display The Tree of Knowledge ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrcUxFqrhYk )
The 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 ([masked]) 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)[masked].
To reserve dinner seats, please call the FS office at (610)[masked] by November 28, 2012.