The anti-Christmas lunacy that has been sweeping the nation has made its latest stop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Wilson and Davis libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill have for years been adorned with Christmas trees. But thanks to the associate provost of university libraries, Sarah Michalak, that tradition is about to be broken – you guessed it, all in the name of tolerance. Who was it that said the provost of university libraries doesn’t do important things!?
Michalak is claiming that her decision is based on several years’ worth of complaints made by people who were offended by the Christmas display. In other words, the Christophobic bigots that have made UNC-CH their home have pestered Michalak into removing the tree. They made life just hard enough for her to capitulate and order the removal of a simple Christmas tree.
There’s only one way to deal with university administrators like Michalak who make decisions based on convenience, not principle. We need to make things very inconvenient for them when they act in unprincipled ways. That’s why I sent Michalak a fax and email this morning saying “Christophobia is a Social Disease.” And I’m asking the hundreds of thousands of people who will read this column today to do the same with the following information:
Michalak told The Charlotte Observer that getting rid of the Christmas tree was not an easy decision. So she asked for moral guidance from Duke University – a school that hired a transvestite to stick a sparkler in his rectum while singing the “Star Spangled Banner.” She found out that Duke didn’t have a Christmas tree. Maybe they couldn’t afford one after paying legal judgments to several students falsely characterized as rapists by dozens of tenured professors.
Associate Provost Michalak was quoted by the Observer as saying “libraries are places where information from all corners of the world and all belief systems is offered without judgment. Displaying one particular religion's symbols is antithetical to that philosophy.”
This is as dumb a statement as I have heard in the last two days, which, by the way, was the last time I was in my office in the UNC system. Most people would assume that there is an easy remedy to the problem of a library representing only one belief system when one is supposed to represent many: The library can just add more belief systems.