Dwain Deets submits "Margaret Downey, Wonder Woman"

I'm the editor of Secular Nation magazine. In our Vol 11, Number 4 edition, I included a nice reprinted article written by the  Editorial Staff. I obtained their permission to reprint the article, originally published in the February 7, 2007 edition of Philadelphia Weekly. I didn't think about posting the article online, thus I only obtained permission for a print reprint. They asked for, and I paid $30.

Here is the text of the article:

Margaret Downey, Wonder Woman

by Philadelphia Weekly Editorial Staff

(reprinted by permission of the Philadelphia Weekly)

Who's that woman dressed in Colonial clobber clattering around City Hall?  It's godless she-devil Margaret Downey, the woman who once sued the Boy Scouts of America for discriminating against atheists during her crusade to win rabble-rousing Philadelphian revolutionary Thomas Paine the recognition he deserves. Wait, crusade is totally the wrong word. When Downey was four, she tore the head off her talking doll to learn how it worked.

Nowadays she regularly but (alas) only metaphorically tears the head off the freedom-hating, truth-despising, woman-loathing Christian and Taliban scumbags who want to turn this country into Afghanistan with strip malls. Flirtatious, saucy and never less than impeccably dressed, Downey is an atheist/feminist/anti-racist/author/publisher/writer and all-around super righteous wonder woman.

Visit any culture-war battlefield, and you'll find her on the right side of the barricades, glammed up to the nines, taking chauvinist names and kicking bigot ass. Atheist; freethinker; defender of the Constitution; free-speech activist; president of Atheists Alliance International; founder of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Anti-Discrimination Support Network and the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee; board member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Humanist Institute and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association; and advisory board member of the Robert Green Ingersoll Museum. Phew. Is that enough?

Are you in love with Margaret Downey as much as I am? You should be. She's the best of us. (Steven Wells)

Dwain Deets


By DowneyRottweiler - Posted on October 16th, 2007


Wonder Margaret

This photo/drawing of Margaret was done for an article in the newsletter by Atheists For Human Rights.