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Students cant sell "Christmas" trees....(edit to include reversal)

Posted by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM
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By Todd Starnes

(FOX News) - 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.

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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."

Attorney Sharp said students immediately contacted the college's community relations director to find out what happened.

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.

"Not only is it perfectly constitutional to use the word ‘Christmas,' it is unconstitutional to prohibit use of it," Sharp said. "This is another perfect example of the immense misunderstanding that far too many college officials have about what the First Amendment truly requires."



Read more: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/20200493/2012/11/27/college-says-students-cant-sell-christmas-trees#ixzz2DcWv8Qyx

 

Your thoughts? I think its a load of bullshit. They are Christmas trees. This PC crap is getting w-a-y out of hand.

 

College Reverses Christmas Tree Ban

AP

By Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio

Oops.

A North Carolina community college that came under fire after they told students they could not use the word “Christmas” to promote a Christmas tree sale — has reversed its decision.

“It’s a misunderstanding based on a legitimate mistake we made,” said Atticus Simpson, vice president of student development at Western Piedmont Community College



Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/war-christmas/2012/11/27/college-says-students-cant-sell-christmas-trees#ixzz2DdubHQ7I

 

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Claire-Huxtable
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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How stupid.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:13 AM
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So what if they were asked to write "holiday"? Why on earth would anyone waste time caring? Buy your tree, call it what ever you want, and move on with your life.

Why don't they just write "Pine Tree"?

Claire-Huxtable
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM

it is a waste of time to want to have the ad correctly say what you are selling?

Quoting UpSheRises:

So what if they were asked to write "holiday"? Why on earth would anyone waste time caring? Buy your tree, call it what ever you want, and move on with your life.

Why don't they just write "Pine Tree"?


Litlmama87
by Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:16 AM
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CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS!!!

Sue me
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

If they want to add the be correct they should advertise pine trees. They don't know if people are going to chop them up for fire wood, dance naked around them in the night, or use them as a homing beacon for santa.

"Christmas" is the gimmick...it's a sales tatic, just like Walmart being your "holiday head quarters".

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

it is a waste of time to want to have the ad correctly say what you are selling?

Quoting UpSheRises:

So what if they were asked to write "holiday"? Why on earth would anyone waste time caring? Buy your tree, call it what ever you want, and move on with your life.

Why don't they just write "Pine Tree"?



Claire-Huxtable
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:21 AM
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It's not a gimmick.  Christmas trees are what they are selling.


What people choose to do with them once they buy is a different story.   But these people are selling Christmas tree.


Quoting UpSheRises:

If they want to add the be correct they should advertise pine trees. They don't know if people are going to chop them up for fire wood, dance naked around them in the night, or use them as a homing beacon for santa.

"Christmas" is the gimmick...it's a sales tatic, just like Walmart being your "holiday head quarters".

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

it is a waste of time to want to have the ad correctly say what you are selling?

Quoting UpSheRises:

So what if they were asked to write "holiday"? Why on earth would anyone waste time caring? Buy your tree, call it what ever you want, and move on with your life.

Why don't they just write "Pine Tree"?




UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:23 AM

It's holiday marketing.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

It's not a gimmick.  Christmas trees are what they are selling.


What people choose to do with them once they buy is a different story.   But these people are selling Christmas tree.


Quoting UpSheRises:

If they want to add the be correct they should advertise pine trees. They don't know if people are going to chop them up for fire wood, dance naked around them in the night, or use them as a homing beacon for santa.

"Christmas" is the gimmick...it's a sales tatic, just like Walmart being your "holiday head quarters".

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

it is a waste of time to want to have the ad correctly say what you are selling?

Quoting UpSheRises:

So what if they were asked to write "holiday"? Why on earth would anyone waste time caring? Buy your tree, call it what ever you want, and move on with your life.

Why don't they just write "Pine Tree"?





Billiejeens
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM
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Pretty sure I heard this morning that the college stated they had made a mistake, owned the mistake and they are now back to selling "Christmas Trees".

skittlebeans88
by Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM
They should be allowed to call them christmas trees. Silly that they cant.
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dustinsmom1
by JENN on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:39 AM
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Quoting UpSheRises:

So what if they were asked to write "holiday"? Why on earth would anyone waste time caring? Buy your tree, call it what ever you want, and move on with your life.

Why don't they just write "Pine Tree"?

 What about if I go into the woods to cut down my own Christmas tree, free of charge. No marketing there. Its a Christmas tree, get over it.

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