December 8, 2007

An Atheist Xmas In Pennsylvania

Faced with religious Christmas displays in public, the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia asked to have the displays removed. Their efforts failed, so they decided to do the next best thing - insist that they be allowed to add their own holiday display. Could this be a strategy for secular groups across America to emulate?

I think this is a great idea. If their request is granted, the courthouse in West Chester, PA, will show their "tree of knowledge" along with a Christmas tree, Nativity scene, and Menorah. According to this editorial (update: link no longer active) by Tony Phyrillas,

The group's display is entitled "The Tree of Knowledge" and it will feature a 15-foot evergreen with color copies of book covers as "ornaments." Some of the book covers will include the Bible, the Quran, "Ethics Without God," "Why I Am Not a Christian," and "Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism."
Something tells me we haven't heard the end of this one.