“It’s a misunderstanding based on a legitimate mistake we made,” said Atticus Simpson, vice president of student development at Western Piedmont Community College.
In other words, the college goofed up when they changed the BEST Society’s Christmas tree sale to a Holiday tree sale.
“We thought we were violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by promoting the sale of Christmas trees — which we thought would be promoting one religion over another,” Simpson told Fox News.
The student group contacted Alliance Defending Freedom — a legal advocacy group that handles many First Amendment issues. The ADF promptly sent the college a letter urging them to either reconsider their decision or face possible legal action.
“We’re pleased the college did the right thing,” attorney Matt Sharp told Fox News. “It really is ridiculous they tried to make this club use the word holiday instead of Christmas.”
Sharp said the college has already changed the wording on their website and taking other steps to remedy the situation.
“We realized we made a mistake,” Simpson said. “We changed it back from holiday to Christmas.”
“For once, it’s nice to see a university stepping up and doing the right thing,” attorney Sharp said.
The BEST Society was selling the trees to raise money for Angel Tree, an organization that provides Christmas presents to underprivileged children.