Margaret Downey

Margaret Downey founded the Freethought Society. Her essays can be found in, Parenting Beyond Belief, A Better Life, and 50 Voices of Disbelief. She 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, Downey became the first “Secular Humanist Celebrant” in Pennsylvania certified by the Center for Inquiry. 


Downey created the Richard Dawkins Award in 2003. Margaret served as president of the Atheist Alliance International for two years. In 2007, she designed the Tree of Knowledge. The Tree of Knowledge has since become a respected symbol of the nontheist/secular community and is used in private homes as well as public displays during the winter holiday season.

Media Training Worldwide has endorsed her to conduct media training for the nontheist community. She 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.

Downey enjoys acting and costuming and is the organizer of the yearly Skeptic Parade Entry held in Atlanta, Georgia on Labor Day Weekend as part of the Drago nCon festivities. She has portrayed Madame Bonneville, Eva Ingersoll and various Suffragists. She created a character known as “The Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Nurse” in order to teach critical thinking skills every Friday-the-Thirteenth.