Advancing Religious Liberty
12/17/12 at 06:52 PM 0 Comments

All Many Christian Students Want for Christmas this Year is their Freedom

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Author: Alliance Defending Freedom President, CEO, and General Counsel Alan Sears

If you’ve followed the work of Alliance Defending Freedom for long, you won’t be surprised to learn that, at Christmas time as throughout the year, Christian college students across the country – including your children and grandchildren – have to contend with administrators (paid by your tax dollars) who leave “no room in the inn” for faith and free expression.

In Morgantown, North Carolina, for instance, our attorneys recently sent a letter to Western Piedmont Community College, reminding officials there that there’s nothing illegal about the word “Christmas,” even when it appears in campus promotions.

The student-led BEST Society had filled out all the paperwork to promote their annual Christmas tree sale through the usual campus information venues, using the line, “The BEST Society will be selling Christmas Trees.” After a few days, Society members noticed that “Christmas” had been replaced in announcements with the word “holiday,” and began hearing from irate customers throughout the community who refused to buy “holiday trees” at Christmas time.

“We cannot market your trees in association solely with a Christian event,” college administrators told the students, unconcerned that, since funds raised through the tree sale were going to disadvantaged children, their politically correct editing is impacting innocent people.

“It’s ridiculous that anyone would have to think twice about using the word ‘Christmas’ as part of a Christmas tree sale,” says Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “Not only is it perfectly constitutional to use the word ‘Christmas,’ it is unconstitutional to prohibit students’ use of it. This is another perfect example of the immense misunderstanding that far too many public college officials have about what the First Amendment truly requires.”

On November 28th, in response to our letter, Western Piedmont administrators announced that they have changed all “holiday” references back to “Christmas.”

“We commend WPCC officials for doing the right thing in working speedily to correct this problem,” Sharp says, “and hope other schools in similar situations will follow their example.”

That hope – that freedom – would be the perfect Christmas gift for you, your family, and Christian students all over America this season … including your own children and grandchildren. Thanks to you, we’ve enjoyed an incredible series of victories on America’s college campuses. Please join me in praying for all of our staff and Allied Attorneys as they continue their faithful work to make that gift a reality and to make more and more of our nation’s campuses a true “marketplace of ideas” once again.

This post originally appeared here.

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