December 1, 2015
Contact: Margaret Downey, (610) 357-9432, [email protected]
10th Anniversary of Landmark Legal Ruling
On Sunday, December 6, 2015 The Freethought Society will co-sponsor a very special event with the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia (EHSP) and the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State to mark the 10th anniversary of the “Intelligent Design” court case of Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket No. 4cv2688). The 2015 EHSP/Freethought Society Tree of Knowledge will be decorated after the platform speech and everyone is invited to participate. There will be music, singing, and books to purchase from authors.
Speakers for the event are:
– Margaret Downey, President of The Freethought Society.
– Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia.
– Janice Rael, Founder and President of the Delaware Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
– Eric Rothschild, Partner of Pepper Hamilton, LLP.
– Laurie Lebo, the journalist who covered the trial in Dover, PA.
– Hedya Aryani, Associate of Pepper Hamilton, LLP.
The Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia PA, 19103.
Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This event is intended to celebrate the legal victory from 2005 when the U.S. Federal Court system responded favourably to a direct challenge over school districts teaching “intelligent design” in public school district classes. The event also celebrates the Federal judge’s ruling that the school district’s required “explanation of the origin of life that differs from Darwin’s view” was unacceptable.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/10th-anniversary-of-kitzmiller-vs-dover-case-w-tree-of-knowledge-ceremony-tickets-17731145333.
More information about the case Tammy Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover Area School District, et al. (400 F. Supp. 2d 707, Docket No. 4cv2688) can be found at: https://www.bu.edu/lawlibrary/PDFs/research/portals/probonofiles/kitzmiller.pdf.
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