Liberty Counsel Exposes Grinches in Oklahoma

Thanks to the Liberty Councel for their News Release today containing this report from the heartland:

Weatherford, OK – Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), has issued a disturbing policy which requires all employees to refrain from using the word “Christmas” in oral or written form.  This directive was given by the university upon legal advice of the Oklahoma Attorney General, W.A. Drew Edmondson.  Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to SWOSU following a complaint from a university affiliate.

David Misak, the Director of Human Resources, recently visited various university departments and employee groups and informed everyone that any decorations featuring the words “Christ” or “Christmas” in any work or public areas of the university must be immediately removed.  He also instructed everyone to discontinue the use of the term “Christmas” in their speech while on the job.  This censorship specifically includes exchanging email greetings of “Merry Christmas” among employees or with nonemployees, whether initiated by a nonuniversity employee or not.  Christmas remains a legal holiday for state employees, including those at SWOSU.  The directive does not include any other legal holidays such as Thanksgiving or New Year’s.

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The University website appears Chrismassy with candy canes, Christmas lights, a Santa hat, a Christmas wreath, snow, mistletoe, holly, a “North Pole” sign, Christmas presents, and garland with Christmas ribbon and bows; however “Happy Holidays” is prominently displayed in the header, and appears when you mouse-over the graphic in the center of the page.  The link under the “News & Events” section takes you to SWOSU President John Hays’ denial of a ban on Christmas, consisting entirely of legal doublespeak.  His statement only reinforces the obvious: there’s no room for Christ or Christmas at SWOSU.

Here’s my letter to President John Hays:

to president@swosu.edu

date Dec 20, 2007 6:08 PM

subject Ban on Christ and Christmas

Dear President Hays,

You should be ashamed of yourself for allowing religious bigots to control policy at SWOSU.

The students, faculty, and staff are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, including those enumerated in the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.  In addition, the ban on the use of the words “Christ” and “Christmas” that you have allowed to be implemented on campus infringes on their right to free expression.

Christmas is a legal state and federal holiday, and no amount of censorship will change that.

I am posting a copy of this letter on my blog at: https://whereschristmas.wordpress.com/.  Should you decide to respond, I will be happy to post your response at your request.

Merry Christmas!

Todd Roper

Be sure to contact President John Hays too.

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