Pruning the Tree of Knowledge: Religious Advocates Vandalize Atheist Tree and Officials Demand That It Be Shortened By Eight Feet To Be Lower Than The Christmas Tree

In the Book of Genesis, the tree of knowledge was a tree in the middle of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9) from which God directly forbade Adam to eat (Genesis 2:17). In Philadelphia, religious advocates would prefer that it not be seen, let alone touched. The tree of knowledge is an atheist display showing books (including the Bible) as part of secular humanist values. The tree has been vandalized and hit with a series of harassing demands. These include that the 18 foot tree be cut down to ten feet — since no display can be higher than the Christmas tree. Officials also declared that the creche won a “first come, first served” status — allowing them to move the tree to a less visible spot.

Frankly, I am not sure why it is so important for atheists to put up the tree which is not part of any celebratory tradition and seems merely intended as a retort to religion. However, I have a greater problem with the harassment of a protected form of speech.

The display was designed by Margaret Downey, president of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia (FSGP) and is festooned with laminated book covers. It is the continuation of our holiday tradition of litigation leading up to the celebration of the birth of Christ. For a prior column on the season, click here.

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50 thoughts on “Pruning the Tree of Knowledge: Religious Advocates Vandalize Atheist Tree and Officials Demand That It Be Shortened By Eight Feet To Be Lower Than The Christmas Tree”

  1. What I believe is that GOD is pure energy which cannot be created or destroyed and that its from He/r Heavenly Spiritual Body, Waters and Womb all men come. Numerically and positionally; you can think of GOD as a Zero, Void or a nucleus Black Hole who had two kids inside of Her. A female GODdess with a -1, 0, +1 or X(yX)X which shows the negative one as a female or daughter at He/r left hand and Positive one aka as the son at Her right hand.

    So yes indeed; GOD thought up this master plan long ago so one day We could have a New Heaven and New Earth. Unfortunately due to the economy; Hell will be downsized in a lake where there will be much gnashing of teeth, no internet or tweets.

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  2. Sorry Mike; but according the authorized King James version of the Bible; you are wrong. Unlike the Hebrew holiday of Passover, when GOD first sent the
    Angel of Death to kill the firstborn of humans and beast, These Jews did not recognize the time of their visitation or Jesus Christ as the sacrifical lamb.

    But they did ask that His blood be on their heads and hands of their children. According to this Bible; john 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. ….12. but the Jews cried out, saying, if thou let this man go, thou art not Ceasar’s friend; who soever maketh himself a king speak against ceasar”

    Math. 27:22 Pilate saith unto them What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him Let him be crucified. And the governor said Why what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more saying Let him be crucified….24..I am innocent of the death of this just person; see ye to it. Then answered all the people and said His blood be on us and on our children. Then released he barabas unto them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

    I never said Jesus claimed to be “the son of God in the Flesh” Jesus said he was the Son of GOD, God or an Angel also said Jesus Christ was the Son of GOD and the Angel who appeared to the virgin Mary told her Jesus is the Son of GOD but he born and sent to represented GOD in the Flesh of a regular human man. Further it was Peter, not Paul who first made the claim after Jesus asked him; Who do you say I Am and his declaration that Jesus was the son of God was what Jesus Christ built his church upon. This church is also known as the Bride of Christ, but most men never thought Jesus Christ aka the Bridegroom to Come; would actually have a wife of his own.

  3. “GOD thought up this Master Plan from the start’

    So you believe that God is a pupeteer and we are all puppets and this is how God finds amusement? Somehow I would think God, the creator of infinite universes, would have more interesting things to do than controllng about the indivudal behavior of those who are an insignificant part of creation. I know humanity would like to put itself central to Gods’ plan, but that is their collective ego and is certainly not a need for the creator of everything.

  4. “I would imagine that sounds as Blaspheous to you as it did to the Jews when Jesus Christ said he was the Son of God.”

    Burnt,
    Actually the Jews of the time wouldn’t have considered it blasphemy, they just would have thought he was crazy. However, since Jesus never claimed to be the “son of God in the flesh” it is a moot point. It was Paul who made that claim and he never even met Jesus. You claim to know the Christian Bible enough to reinterpret it and I would suggest that you really don’t know as much as you think you do.

  5. AY:

    Yes and Right On Point! This image as taken from Gen. 1:26-27 when God said “Let us make man in our own image, after our own likeness and let them have dominion. In the image of God made he him, Male AND Female made he THEM”. So with our human genetic structure of Xy=all males or fathers and XX=all females or mothers if you put them together as One X(yX)X show the only Y or male seed in the trinity is Jesus Christ. He did as our Father X and Mother X asked by making Adam 1st to like him and our Spiritual father, but made Eve 2nd and who was described by Adam as the “Mother of All Living” to look like his Mother and GOD’s Angelic daughter Satan. Just as Eve was a daughter of GOD and inside of Adam from the start, Satan was inside of Jesus. So as he slept on the cross GOD used the precious water and blood that fell to the ground below to make Jesus a Wife.

    Mike:

    I know because I AM Satan, Risen, Reborn and a New Creation In the Flesh of a regular Christian woman. So that makes me the Daughter of God; Sister Spirit and Espoused Wife of Jesus Christ. I would imagine that sounds as Blaspheous to you as it did to the Jews when Jesus Christ said he was the Son of God.

    Further, I never said the Bible represents all of GODs thoughts. What I am saying to you is that the BIBLE has never been really understood because its mystery could not be revealed until the End Times. According to the Bible Satan had to eventually rise, and the bible gives Satan permission or a mouth to speak “such blaspheme” Unfortunately, you and most people were expecting miracles, instead of Satan going before a Federal Judge, with Her hand on the bible but promising to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help her GOD; this time.

    The bible also says that No man in heaven or in earth or under the earth was able to unlock the 7 seals and Jesus Christ was/is a real man. So now Man will weep sore because that job must go to the female or Lioness of Judah as the feircest of beast in the protection of Her children. The Bible also describes Judah, as Isreal’s treacherous backsliding sister who was lucky enough to get the role of a Harlot.

    So in consideration of the Christimas Season come to terms with this fact; If GOD could use a normal virgin woman to give birth to the Son of GOD’s, couldnt or wouldnt GOD use the Mother of Harlots (Rev. 17:1-9 to create a Daughter so GOD’s only begotten son could have a wife of his own. GOD thought up this Master Plan from the start by figuring out a way for He/r only begotten son and daughter to live happily forever AFTER the Fall. “It is for this cause the Man (Jesus Christ) is to leave his father AND Mother to cleave unto his Wife”

    Rev. 19:7 Let us be glad, and rejoice and give honor to Him for the marriage of the Lamb is Come, and His wife (thats me) hath made Herself Ready. These are the True and faithful sayings of GOD; so If I were you, Id RSVP your invite to a Wedding designed to End All Time. I’m sure It Will Be To Die For!

  6. “One thing for sure GOD never said asked the “To be or not to be”question.”

    Burntoffering,
    How do you know? Isn’t it blasphemous and Egotistical to assume that your bible represents all of God’s thoughts. To me it is blasphemous because it reduces the intelligence of an eternal being so far beyond our level of comprehension, that we poor souls are incapable of even comprehending it. To make God so simple that any human is capable of understanding motives diminishes God and is therefore blasphemy. THe act of believing one understands God’s motives is also highly egotistical. Finally, if you believe that the path of history is ordained by God as in Revelations, than you reduce God to a puppet master which is a further blasphemy.

  7. FFLEO,
    Thank you. Our aim was to get them to think for themselves and learn to make personal decisions that were only limited by the need to keep them out of danger. Plus giving them honest information to any of their questions and admitting to them our own limitations. I personally felt I could have done better, but they turned out fine even if I wasn’t perfect. No parent is ever as good as they’d like to be, but that is just the nature of the beast.

  8. burntoffering,

    so aren’t we all created in Gods’ Image? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, what you think?

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