Margaret Downey, Founder and former president of the Freethought So... is losing the battle this year to erect a government sanctioned "Tree of Knowledge" during the holidays. Is this a worthy battle?
Carol Everhart: "The battle of the Freethought Society with the Chester County, PA commissioners was picked up by many news sources. Both Fox News and NBC 10 news had reporters on the scene yesterday, and a writer from the Inquirer interviewed us as well. The eventual outcome of the commissioners' decision to take over the winter holiday display can potentially have ramifications that could lead to legal battles over the issue of the separation of church and state, and the obligation of the government to treat all groups equally."
Carol Everhart calls this a "battle."
Is this type of "battle" worth fighting? The tree was up the past few years, what was won? Now Lost?
Perhaps our first real concern should be the realization that it is senseless to fight emotionally charged political battles for no gain.
We place a tree, and set back relations for decades.
I am no accommodationist, rather, I believe we need to attack this like a public relations problem rather than making it a public relations nightmare.
These tree battles, where we co-opt their symbols in thinly veiled contempt must stop, or we will remain outsiders who only occasionally win meaningless lawsuits.
Personally, I prefer that we speak with the faithful, one-on-one, every day or whenever possible to explain the need for the scientific method, reason and logic to prevail over superstition and myth, and to give up these political grand-stands that only fortify believers against us.
It can and is being successfully accomplished.