T he University of Maine, which banned Christmas decorations, is now claiming that of course it did not ban Christmas decorations.
On Monday, Daniel Stirrup, the school’s executive director of auxiliary services sent the following e-mail to his departmental managers, according to the Bangor Daily News:
“Just wanted to remind everyone that Auxiliary Services is not to decorate any public areas with Christmas or any other religious themed decorations. Winter holiday decorations are fine but we need to not display any decoration that could be perceived as religious.” The e-mail explained that banned items included “xmas trees, wreaths, xmas presents, menorahs, candy canes, etc.”
“What is allowed our [sic] winter themes, snowmen, plain trees without presents underneath, decorative lights, but not on trees, snow flakes, etc,” the e-mail (complete with spelling and grammar errors arguably more offensive than a tree with lights on it and presents underneath,) continued.
But on Thursday, Dean of Students Robert Dana released a statement saying that the school actually did not ban the decorations, that school officials “welcome every faith tradition” and “welcome displays of those faith traditions.”
Ryan Low, interim vice president for administration and finance, explained that Stirrup is a “solid” guy. He sent the e-mail banning the decorations only “out of an abundance of caution,” which makes sense. After all, candy -cane exposure is incredibly dangerous and could have been far too much for college students to handle.
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter for National Review Online.