Whereas, calling the tree a Christmas Tree preserves historical correctness and embraces religious diversity; and
Whereas, in pursuit of Auburn’s spirit of diversity and tolerance of differing ideals, the Student Government Association Student Senate maintains that traditional symbols, religious and otherwise should not be suppressed; and
Whereas, labeling a Christmas Tree as a “Holiday Tree” appears to be religiously intolerant toward those who celebrate Christmas; and
Whereas, the University Administration and the Student Government Association have promoted a spirit of diversity and religious tolerance on campus; and
Whereas, the name of the tree is not a legal issue rather an issue of preference and historicity; and
Whereas, even the display of a manger scene by a government body has been held to be constitutional to celebrate Christmas and its origins;
Therefore be it Resolved, that the Auburn University Student Government Association Student Senate recognizes the decorated tree on campus during the Christmas holiday season by its historical name of “Christmas Tree”; and
Therefore, Be it Further Resolved, that the decorated tree re-labeled a “Holiday Tree” be properly reinstated with its original, historical, traditional, intended, and common title and identified for what it actually is, a “Christmas Tree.”
With the help of the College Republicans, Laura Steele has so far gathered 650 signatures from students urging the SGA Senate to support the resolution. The reason for that is simple: In the name of true tolerance, she supports including other religions in the ceremony. And she thinks that Jewish students would appreciate having a University Menorah on display without having the campus thought police rename it a Mynorah to avoid sexist overtones.
Join me today in writing firstname.lastname@example.org to let these kids know that there is no better place to wage a war against narrow-minded political correctness than Auburn University. And there are no better leaders in our nation’s current cultural war than a young pack of War Eagles soaring high above the Tides of bigotry that masquerade as progressive thought.