Christmas on campus (in the news)

As always, ’tis the season for fights over the propriety of Christmas displays in our freedom-of-religion nation. There have been some spillovers onto campuses, so here are a couple of news stories if you’re interested.

Even if you’re not particularly interested, the bolded article below (from Inside Higher Ed) gives a good, factual, brief run-down of some of the legal question, etc. Good for catching up on the issue quickly.

Florida flap

In November, the admins at Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers, Florida, banned Christmas decor in public “common areas,” as well as their traditional greeting card contest. They also renamed a charitable “giving tree” for little kiddos a “giving garden.” (Here’s the article from the Ft. Myers News-Press.)

Somehow the story got some big national attention – I think it ended up on the Drudge Report, which can always lead to a media snowball. So, after an onslaught of criticism, the Pres of FGCU has now reversed his decision (reported at Orlando’s News 6).

Inside Higher Ed has a really good run-down of the whole debate and the implications in an article titled, “Christmas Wins Another Round.”

No Tree at UNC

Meanwhile, the long-traditional library Christmas trees at UNC will remain in storage this year, according to yesterday’s article at the Charlotte Observer.

However, this one is reported on Drudge now, too. So… we’ll see what happens there.

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