Yesterday, they held a rally in front of the courthouse to protest their exclusion (and formed the Human Tree of Knowledge seen below).
Staks Rosch was there and offered a few highlights:
… Freethought Society president, Margaret Downey, spoke about our exclusion, discrimination of atheists, and how she was contacted by a young couple who wanted to bring their children to see the Tree of Knowledge. Downey had to sadly inform them that the County Commissioners won’t allow atheists to participate.
Downey also encouraged atheists to put up their own Tree of Knowledge in their home and establish the Tree as a freethought tradition during the cold winter season.
Creating your own Tree is great from a personal standpoint, but it does nothing to educate the public, which is what this rally was really about. As far as the city is concerned, I’m sure they’re just happy the rally is over and they don’t have to deal with the Freethought Society again, at least not for another year. The question is how (and whether it’s possible) to keep this story alive and pressure the city into including the Tree of Knowledge as a display in years to come.