Freethought Society Mocks Christmas Tree Tradition
A Tree of Knowledge
Atheists in Philadelphia have apparently chosen Christmas time to start their own tradition of putting up a cut pine tree…only instead of Christmas decorations, the tree is adorned with book covers.
The Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia's ‘A Tree of Knowledge’ is displayed at the Chester County Courthouse beside three traditional holiday displays.
Ah yes, “A Tree of Knowledge”…nothing brightens an atheist’s “holiday” time more than a tree decorated with copies of covers of books, including “Why I Am Not A Christian,” “Why I Am Not a Muslim” and “Judaism Beyond God.”
Oh, yes, there’s a cover of the Koran and Bible, too! What a gloriously all-inclusive holiday this is!
Despite a large portion of Americans giving reverance to the Christmas tree and it’s relation to a holy day in the Christian calendar, none have called for the members of the Freethought Society to be whipped, jailed, or even executed.
The Tree of Knowledge stands next to three other religious displays and as the group’s president Margaret Downey said, is “welcoming to agnostics, atheists, humanists, skeptics, rationalists of all kinds.”