Margaret Downey

Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society (FS) and the Anti-Discrimination Support Network (ADSN) in 1993. In 1994 Margaret founded the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee. She has been published in three books, Parenting Beyond Belief, A Better Life, and Voices of Disbelief.

Margaret has represented the interest of the nontheist community (since 1995) at several United Nations conferences. She is a past board member of the American Humanist Association, The Humanist Institute and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association. She is a current board member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Scouting For All and is a member of the Advisory Board Member of the Robert Green Ingersoll Museum.

In the year 2002, Margaret became the first “Secular Humanist Celebrant” in Pennsylvania. Margaret created the Richard Dawkins Award in 2003. Margaret served as president of the Atheist Alliance International for two years. In 2007, Margaret designed the Tree of Knowledge. Media Training Worldwide has endorsed Margaret to conduct media training for the nontheist community.

Margaret is a Thomas Paine expert and has conducted large school assemblies for children around the nation. She conducts Thomas Paine themed events and is the author of many Thomas Paine Day City Proclamations. Margaret has been a guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and Radio Times. Television appearances include features on local news stations as well as ABC’s Nightline, PBS and Fox News.

She is famous for her one-of-a-kind character The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse and has hosted a unique Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center/Party on Friday the 13th in many cities since 1996.