Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mixed Nuts: Wilson Bradshaw, Ph.D.

Most folk have a sense of restraint that prohibits their dragging out their War on Christmas odium until Thanksgiving is past. No so for Wilson Bradshaw; like a kid who’s waiting up all night for Santa, he can’t wait to get started with the full measure of petty bigotry and censorship.

After he’s done banning public expressions of Christmas, he relents a little, and goes on to allow holiday displays, as long as they go unnoticed:

“Please know that there is no attempt to suppress expression of the holiday spirit. Each employee is welcome to display seasonal items on your desk, allowing your workspace to provide an opportunity for individual expression of beliefs. Common use areas on campus should remain undecorated.”
Memo to Will: Once you’ve banned door posters, greeting card contests, and renamed the Christmas Tree the “gift garden”, and all public expression that anyone’s likely to see, that pretty much qualifies as suppressing “expression of the holiday spirit”. This point, obvious to all, shouldn’t be beyond the comprehension of a university president. Only in the Orwellian world of academia is “suppression” deemed “expression”.

Since Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is a state institution, this act of petty censorship may well violate the First Amendment. It speaks even further to the general degradation of society that these sorts of shenanigans are so commonplace.