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College: Students Can’t Sell “Christmas” Trees
http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 11/27/2012 | Todd Starnes

Posted on 11/27/2012 7:53:13 PM PST by massmike

A North Carolina community college has been accused of violating the First Amendment rights of students after they told a club they could not use the word “Christmas” to promote a Christmas tree sale.

“It’s ridiculous that anyone would have to think twice about using the word ‘Christmas’ as part of a Christmas tree sale,” said Matt Sharp, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

ADF sent a letter to officials at Western Piedmont Community College urging them to either reconsider their decision to censor the word “Christmas” – or else face a possible lawsuit.

College officials did not return multiple phone calls and email messages seeking comment.

The student club, called the BEST Society, was planning to sell the Christmas trees to raise money for Angel Tree, an organization that provides Christmas presents to children.

Club members followed college protocol and submitted forms to promote the sale. The proposed text read, “The BEST Society will be selling Christmas Trees…”

But when the announcement appeared on the college’s website and in other venues – it had been altered. Ever reference to “Christmas Trees” had been replaced with “holiday trees.”

The community relations director allegedly told the students, “We cannot market your trees in association solely with a Christian event.”

As a result of the change, the club began receiving complaints from the community – and some customers told the students they would not purchase trees because of the change in wording.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: christmastree; sourcetitlenoturl; waronchristmas; waronchristmas2012
Isn't it funny that in most cases those that insist you say "holiday" instead of "Christmas" are the same ones that have the biggest problem with Christmas even BEING a holiday in the first place.....
1 posted on 11/27/2012 7:53:17 PM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

This is stupid beyond anything...

It’s CHRISTMAS!

I refuse to say Happy Holidays, and when someone says it to me, I say Merry Christmas back at ya.


2 posted on 11/27/2012 7:56:07 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: massmike

This is “tolerance”?

lolz

Those who demand tolerance are the least tolerant, as always


3 posted on 11/27/2012 7:56:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: massmike

Yes. And they are often the same ones who have their hands out for the handout, too. Either that or they want to take over and decide who benefits.

In my area, the county government “helps” the churches who donate items to the poor by identifying needy families and dispensing the church donations. But the government prevents any mention of Christmas or church or God and behaves as if the bounty is coming from the benevolent and caring government. I will no longer donate via my church because of this.


4 posted on 11/27/2012 7:59:53 PM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: massmike

They’d have no problem with anything to do with Islam, you can bet money on it.


5 posted on 11/27/2012 8:01:48 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Labor unions are the Communist Party of the USA.)
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To: massmike

How warped do you have to be to make this decree?


6 posted on 11/27/2012 8:02:44 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: massmike

Amazing to me how Freedom OF Religion has somehow morphed into Freedom FROM Religion. Unless its Islam—then it mandatory.


7 posted on 11/27/2012 8:07:35 PM PST by rbg81
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To: massmike

The culture and traditions of this great nation have been destroyed by the leftists. Now, they are determined to destroy our economy.


8 posted on 11/27/2012 8:09:30 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: massmike

This is another case of some podunk half assed college trying to act like the ivys and the other big boys by being insufferably liberal. Some dean trying to climb the academic career ladder....screw em...


9 posted on 11/27/2012 8:10:59 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright ("WTF?: How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost....Again")
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To: massmike

Haters gotta hate.


10 posted on 11/27/2012 8:13:25 PM PST by TheDon (In 2012, American voters chose European style big gov't.)
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To: GeronL

they told a club they could not use the word “Christmas” to promote a Christmas tree sale.

The War on God continues....


11 posted on 11/27/2012 8:14:41 PM PST by LtKerst
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To: massmike

Commie college correctness strikes again. Someone should lock these loons up for their meddling in our national CHRISTIAN holidays.


12 posted on 11/27/2012 8:24:38 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: massmike

>>in most cases those that insist you say “holiday” instead of “Christmas” are the same ones that have the biggest problem with Christmas even BEING a holiday in the first place<<

Christmas was declared a NATIONAL holiday in 1870 by President Grant.


13 posted on 11/27/2012 8:30:46 PM PST by Mother Mary
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To: massmike

I wonder if they can still call it a “Yuletide confifer”?


14 posted on 11/27/2012 8:37:23 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: massmike
ADF sent a letter to officials at Western Piedmont Community College urging them to either reconsider their decision to censor the word “Christmas” – or else face a possible lawsuit.

Time for the airing of grievances and the feats of strength - these people need to be beaten bloody with a Festivus pole.

15 posted on 11/27/2012 8:45:53 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

I would expect brave students to girdle any tree looking like a Christmas tree. Take care of that little campus matter.


16 posted on 11/27/2012 9:04:16 PM PST by healy61
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To: massmike

This was decided by someone. They should be identified by name and publicly shamed.


17 posted on 11/27/2012 9:32:39 PM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: massmike

Yes, this purging of Christmas is stupid and offensive. But it is a state school advertising the trees for the club on its web site. I can see a fear of a lawsuit from the other direction motivating them as well.


18 posted on 11/27/2012 9:37:31 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: massmike
Say "FELIZ NAVIDAD" instead. It is Spanish for "HAPPY NATIVITY" and is VERY Christian, directly referring to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Then, when the libs and atheists so much as open their traps complaining about THAT, immediately pull the racist/bigot card right back on them and assert that they are anti-Hispanic and Intolerant.

Two can play this game.

I am serious.

19 posted on 11/27/2012 9:53:23 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (*Too many* damned conservatives in the GOP primaries split the vote for Romney. We are SO retarded!)
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To: massmike
ADF sent a letter to officials at Western Piedmont Community College urging them to either reconsider their decision to censor the word “Christmas” – or else face a possible lawsuit.

Fluken anti-American terrorists are everywhere in this country these days. College campi are crawling with them.

20 posted on 11/27/2012 10:56:28 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: Cowboy Bob
This was decided by someone. They should be identified by name and publicly shamed.

Cowboy Bob is correct! If people are singled out and publicly admonished, then these idiot lib cowards will reverse their positions and, hopefully, not make these idiotic decisions to begin with. When these dorks think that they're safe in their bubbles, that's when they get emboldened. Most of them have a deep seated need to be liked or "morally superior" - and most will fold when they are called out. By the way, this is also why I think we should target Susan Rice... Let Obama's goons know that THEY will be the ones who are marginalized for their blind obedience to the boy king.

21 posted on 11/28/2012 1:18:50 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: massmike

“You there, members of Congress! You can’t be passing laws respecting an establishment of religion on campus!”

“But, we’re students selling Christmas trees!”

“You look like members of Congress to me! I’ve got my eye on you.”


22 posted on 11/28/2012 1:24:29 AM PST by Rastus
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To: AmericanInTokyo

BTTT


23 posted on 11/28/2012 2:59:54 AM PST by RedMDer (Please support Toys for Tots this CHRISTmas season.)
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To: massmike

Western Piedmont Community College

In MY red state...some pissant COMMUNITY college in Morganton where they have like 3 atheists and 5 muslimites [don’t bother,,,,its sarcasm, Sheldon]

How DARE they do such a stupid thing. SCREW these people.


24 posted on 11/28/2012 3:28:17 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: massmike

I’m a retired AF and current DOD civilian. We got an email telling us about this years squadron “Holiday” party. Someone else replied to all and asked “Which holiday?” The silence was deafening. And the Booster Club and others actually wonder why participation at such events has been taking a death spiral over the last decade.


25 posted on 11/28/2012 3:34:20 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: massmike

ooops, can’t say “Angel Tree” either, can they?

“Mythological Winged Beings” Tree?


26 posted on 11/28/2012 3:54:55 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: trebb

LOL!!!!


27 posted on 11/28/2012 3:56:51 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: silverleaf

We should start calling mlk day Desegregation day’ from now on. He was a reverend after all.


28 posted on 11/28/2012 4:12:29 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: massmike

Has anyone considered just telling these fools to get lost?

Keep doing what you’re doing and ignore them.


29 posted on 11/28/2012 6:07:01 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: massmike

Acadumbia needs a good fumigating.


30 posted on 11/28/2012 10:51:32 AM PST by Amagi (Chief Justice John Roberts is a traitorous weasel.)
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To: massmike

I’ll say “Christmas” if I want to, and the heathens can bloody well go to perdition if they are so determined to. After all, some people are rocky ground [Gospel reference]. Merry Christmas to everyone else!


31 posted on 11/28/2012 11:55:42 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: massmike


Letter to the President of the College


32 posted on 12/01/2012 6:02:49 PM PST by Coleus
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