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URGENT ACTION ALERT: Tree of Knowledge

Every year for at least three years now, the Freethought Society (of Greater Philadelphia) has put up a Tree of Knowledge outside the Chester County Courthouse in West Chester, PA. The tree is a large evergreen decorated with the laminated book covers of various atheist, scientific, philosophical, and even religious books. Every year there is always a fight. This year we may lose that fight.

I have written about the Tree of Knowledge struggle in previous Examiner articles HERE and HERE. This year, the County Commissioners are trying to change the rules to purposefully exclude us from taking part in the winter season. Christians think they own the month of December and the entire winter season and they don’t.

Tomorrow the Commissioners are going to vote on some new rule “Resolution 58-10” which they think will exclude us from the winter displays. One of the Commissioners is a Democrat and sympathetic to our side in this, but she is outvoted 2 to 1.

This is what I need you to do. We need to call and send e-mails to the Commissioners TODAY!!! You don’t have to live in Chester County, but you should let them know if you do.

1. Tell the commissioners NOT to pass Resolution 58-10, which will unfairly exclude many different groups including the Freethought Society.
2. Tell them that it is unfair and illegal for them to give special treatment and secret information to one group (namely, “The Pastor’s Network”).

Call the Commissioners office at:
(610) 344-6100

Send email messages to:
Republican Carol Aichele – caichele@chesco.org
Republican Terence Farrell – tfarrell@chesco.org
Democrat Kathi Cozzone – kcozzone@chesco.org

PS -  Please report back on how your communication went in the comments section.

UPDATE: I just posted an Examiner article on this which includes my letter to the commissioners and a link to the Online Petition. Please sign it!

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  • Madelaine

    I need to know the details of this Resolution. Where can I find more about it. I live in Atlantic County, New Jersey, very close to Philly.

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    The resolution does not seem to appear on the Chesco.org website. So I would advise calling or e-mailing and asking for a copy of that resolution.

    According to Margaret Downey, part of the resolution reads:

    County to acquire such holiday decorations and displays and erect and maintain such decorations and displays as it determines appropriate on the grounds of the Chester County Historic Courthouse consistent with and as otherwise constitutionally permitted by applicable law.”

    The problem is that it is highly unlikely that the secular/nontheist community will have any representation at all in a display supervised and implemented by the Chester County Commissioners. A future display of the Freethought Society’s (FS) Tree of Knowledge, therefore, is in jeopardy.

  • Chris Pederson

    man I love the internet…

    video minutes from the meeting. start around minute 28

    http://hosting.videominutes.net/player.aspx?handshake=25896&video=1548

    it’s all quite vague… :/

  • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

    Thanks Chris!

  • http://j.mp/wayneedgar Wayne Edgar

    Done…

    Dear Commissioners,

    DO NOT to pass Resolution 58-10, which will unfairly exclude many different groups including the Freethought Society. It is unfair and illegal for you to give special treatment and secret information to one group (namely, “The Pastor’s Network”).

    Warm regards and Happy Holidays!

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